….which successfully landed on the autonomous drone ship OCISLY (Of Course I Still Love You) 633 kilometers down range for a new SpaceX record in flight proven boosters.
All 60 Starlink satellites were successfully deployed and they will use there own krypton ion thrusters to achieve their final orbit 168 miles above Earth. With some satellites already deorbited it is estimated that around 1,200 total are currently in the SpaceX Starlink constellation.
Another feat achieved by SpaceX on a clear morning 3-14-21 is their third flight in only 10 days from LC-39A & LC-40. The launch cadence and recovery efforts have increased significantly. In 73 days since January 1st 2021 SpaceX has flown eight Falcon 9 missions to outer space.
Even though SpaceX has stated that Falcon 9 boosters can fly up to 10 flights it is possible if inspections and refurbishments proceed smooth that SpaceX may fly additional missions past the 10th flight. This would continue to push Elon Musk’s goal of rocket re-useability to even higher levels.
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