A rocket that was launched 21 days earlier has launched 53 Starlink satellites

A rocket that was launched 21 days earlier has launched 53 Starlink satellites ...

SpaceX successfully launched 53 Starlink satellites using a booster rocket that had floated 21 days earlier, putting a new high in turnaround time for its reusable rockets.

The launch from the east coast of South Carolina on Friday afternoon began as planned and was the 151st Falcon 9 mission overall, with the 43rd mission mostly focused on launching the company''s micro-satellite constellation. The Starlink satellite system will provide high-speed internet access anywhere in the world, according to the company.

According to SpaceFlightNow, the first stage booster on the Falcon 9, designated B1062, successfully landed on SpaceX''s recovery droneship "Just Read the Instructions," a little after eight minutes after landing at a distance of about 400 miles off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the sixth launch of booster B1062, which makes it all the more impressive that its turnaround time for a revamp was just three weeks. It first launched in November 2020, with a subsequent launch in June last year.

Inspiration4, the first private space mission to orbit the Earth, was launched in September 2021, before returning to action in January of this year for a Starlink deployment mission. Axiom''s commercial crew was also on the ISS.

Reusability is the future of spaceflight

This week''s was no exception. The fact that these rocket launches have become so routine now and that the rockets themselves, after exhausting physical exertion to launch stuff into space, have the capability to do so several times in a few minutes, which is particularly beneficial for spaceflight''s future.

The last Soyuz rocket launch that NASA took an American astronaut on the order of $90 million for a single seat, while you may pay for a Falcon Heavy launch for about that price, although the price of a SpaceX launch has recently increased by about 8% due to price fluctuation on everything from raw materials to labor costs.

This technique is to get the maximum out of the rockets you have before you build another one, so we should expect more turnaround periods and more experienced rockets to power the next generation of spaceflight.

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