The Falcon 9 rocket booster that was sentin May it will be recycled when SpaceX sends 60 more to circle on top of its column of fire.
Elon Musk̵7;s reusable rocket will make its third flight as it takes off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in the next few days. This specific device sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit in May and then in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
The launch was originally planned for Thursday, but was pushed back to Friday and postponed again due to less than ideal weather conditions in the Atlantic where the first stage and the fair were to be restored. No new launch date has been announced yet, but it is unlikely we will see the rocket come off the ground before next week.
Half of the nose shots, or cover, on top of the rocket have also seen two previous flights, both previous Starlink missions.
This should be a fairly routine launch. It will be the 13th Starlink mission to date, and SpaceX is ultimately planning on dozens more as it grows its mega-constellation broadband.
After the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage amplifier will return to Earth to land on a drone in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will stream the whole thing via the feed above and start about 10 minutes before launch.