A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications satellite for Louisiana-based company Globalstar launched at 12:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday (June 19) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, reports Space.com. Used to be.
“Congratulations to the SpaceX Falcon team for carrying out 3 flawless launches in 2 days!” CEO and founder Elon Musk shared in a tweet.
The satellite was placed in orbit about 1 hour and 50 minutes after launch.
“Deployment of Globalstar FM15 has been confirmed,” SpaceX said in a tweet.
On June 17, the company launched its 53 Starlink Internet satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and on June 18, a radar satellite for the German military from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Friday’s mission set a new rocket-reuse record for SpaceX; The Falcon 9 that flew it had a first stage that already had 12 launches under its belt. According to the SpaceX mission description, Sunday’s launch was the ninth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage.
The triple-launch is the second this year, when the company completed three missions between January 31 and February 3.
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