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SpaceX Sets Record with 16th Launch of Falcon 9 Booster

SpaceX has achieved yet another milestone by successfully launching a Falcon 9 booster for a record 16th time, once again showcasing the company’s remarkable capability to reuse the first-stage booster for multiple space missions. The launch window for liftoff is scheduled from 12:35 a.m. to 2:06 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 13. On Sunday at 11:58 p.m. ET, the Falcon 9 took off from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying 22 next-generation satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink internet-from-space service. SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 booster for a record 16th time, highlighting onc.

This mission also entails a drone ship landing, specifically on A Shortfall of Gravitas, before deploying the compacted satellites into low-Earth orbit approximately 340 miles above. With sixteen successful launches, the booster has achieved sixteen landings. Approximately eight minutes after liftoff, the first stage descended back to Earth, landing vertically on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Florida.

Witness SpaceX’s Groundbreaking 16th Launch of First-Stage Falcon 9 Booster

In addition to this remarkable feat, the record-breaking booster has previously launched missions such as ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, Transporter-3, and a total of eleven Starlink missions after Sunday’s flight. Notably, this particular first-stage booster holds significance as it carried the first SpaceX astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, on a test flight to the International Space Station in May 2020. The Demo-2 mission witnessed Hurley and Behnken traveling aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft and spending slightly over 60 days at the orbital outpost.

 

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