SpaceX sets new record with rocket recycling programme

The Falcon 9 flight was SpaceX’s 100th mission and sixth using the same booster


SpaceX Inc, the rocket-business owned by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, passed another record yesterday when it blasted the same power base into orbit for the sixth time.

The Falcon 9 flight was SpaceX’s 100th mission and mostly carried Starlink satellites, the company’s own broadband platform.

The booster (1049) part of the rocket landed again on a drone ship around nine minutes after take-off, making another record for safe landings (six) back on Earth.

SpaceX’s last three payloads using this particular unit have been Starlink satellites and the company is expected to start offering a limited internet service possibly early next year.

Another SpaceX launch is planned for later this month when an Argentinian satellite is to be sent into orbit.

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