Photo and video imagery from the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday show the launcher vaulting into space from Cape Canaveral with another batch of nearly 60 Starlink satellites, followed by the successful recovery of the rocket’s first stage booster and payload shroud offshore.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:31 a.m. EDT (1431 GMT) Tuesday with 58 SpaceX-built Starlink broadband satellites and three SkySat Earth-imaging satellites for Planet, a San Francisco-based remote sensing company.
The mission marked the 99th orbital launch attempt in SpaceX’s history, and SpaceX’s 14th launch of 2020.
Nine Merlin main engines powered the Falcon 9 rocket into the sky with 1.7 million pounds of thrust, consuming kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants for two-and-a-half minutes before detaching to descend back to Earth for a pinpoint landing on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 400 miles (630 kilometers) northeast of Cape Canaveral.
Falcon 9 has landed! The first stage has arrived on the deck of SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
This marks the 58th successful recovery of a Falcon rocket booster since 2015, and the sixth landing of this ...