On a clear but slightly breezy late evening SpaceX launched Starlink 24 v1.0 from launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Florida at 11:44 PM EDT April 28th 2021 or 3:44 UTC.
The first stage booster B-1060.7 successfully made it’s seventh flight into space helping to deliver all 60 Starlink satellites into the ever growing SpaceX constellation.
This booster did re-land on the autonomous drone ship JRTI Just Read The Instructions for the new corporate record of 81 total Falcon 9 landings to date. Also on SpaceX.com/missions the new statement from SpaceX is 119 Total Launches 81 Total Landings and 61 re-flown Rockets.
Elon Musk has now publicly stated that he is willing to fly the reused Falcon 9 boosters past the 10 flight goals initially set a while ago since he has a huge supply of them and will push them to their limits while carrying his own company satellites on board. Flying till failure will be very interesting to see how this takes shape.
Article and photos credit: Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu and space-news.es