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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Completes 12 Successful Launches and Landings

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket went into space for the 12th time and successfully returned to Earth.

The two-stage Falcon flew 53 SpaceX KK StarLink satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 4:42 a.m. Grange Standard Time on Saturday to determine its orbit.

This was the 12th stage launch of the Falcon 9, setting a new record for the re-use of the SpaceX rocket.

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The booster was previously launched into space in June 2019 for the Canadian Space Agency’s RADARSAT cluster mission.

In addition, the flight with the first crew of SpaceX, went into space in May 2020 with the Demo-3 mission to the International Space Station and eight other Starlink missions.

The first stage took place nine minutes after takeoff on a drone in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The second stage continued to carry 53 Starlink spacecraft to their orbits.

The satellites were placed in orbit half an hour after launch.

According to astronomer and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell, before today’s mission, SpaceX launched 2,282 StarLink satellites, of which 2,033 are currently operational.


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