SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which has delivered another batch of 60 Starlink microsatellites into orbit. They will join the global satellite system for high-speed Internet access.
On March 14, 2021, the launch took place from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida from the launch complex 39A (LC-39A). During the launch, SpaceX used and landed the same first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, inventory number B1051, for the ninth time. The launch was broadcast on the company's YouTube channel and Twitter account.
According to the already existing plan, the first stage separated two and a half minutes after the launch, and then successfully landed on the automatic offshore platform Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean in the ninth minute after liftoff.
The current version of the Falcon 9 rocket is designed in such a way that it can be reused up to 10 times with minimal maintenance, and up to 100 times with partial replacement of first-stage parts. SpaceX has already reused the first stages of the Falcon 9 rocket. That is, so far, 26 stages have been used multiple times.
SpaceX has been consistently updating reusable records lately. In November 2020, it launched and landed the same Falcon 9 stage for the seventh time, and in January 2021, the same first stage flew for the eighth time.
With the new batch of satellites, SpaceX now has 1,313 satellites in orbit in total. On March 21, SpaceX will allegedly send another batch of 60 satellites into orbit.