San Francisco: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starling Internet satellites into orbit on Sunday, then landed at sea to record the 10th aircraft for the company’s reusable booster.
The Senior Falcon 9 rocket exploded at 2:42 a.m. EDT (06.42 GMT) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station just before 40 a.m. from the space launch pad, marking the company’s 14th launch.
The once beautiful exterior of the rocket was almost black, the orbit and rear burned by several missions.
“For the first time a Falcon rocket booster will reach double digits in flight,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The successful Liftoff launched SpaceX for the second time in one week with one of its 229-foot (70 m) workshop Falcon 9 rockets, each carrying a full deck of 60 flat-panel Starling broadband satellites, according to Space.com.
“The first reuse of the SpaceX One Orbital Class rocket was on the way to the SES-10 mission in March 2017,” SpaceX supply chain supervisor Michael Andrews said in a live broadcast.
About nine minutes after the liftoff was completed, the first stage of the rocket returned to Earth, touching SpaceX’s drone “Just Read the Instructions” for its 10th successful landing.
The spectators were very spectacular as the rocket lit up as they climbed into orbit before dawn. The clear sky above Florida’s Space Beach was created for prime viewing conditions.