The fifth Falcon 9 rocket - fifth one over the year so far - took flight on Thursday evening, May 23, sending 60 Internet-beaming satellites into space, as Space.com reported.
“Following the successful launch, the rocket’s first stage gently touched down on a floating platform at sea, marking the company’s 40th booster recovery. It was the third flight for this particular booster, marking just the second time SpaceX has flown a Falcon 9 first stage more than twice,” the news agency said.
Falcon 9 lifted off 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT on May 24) from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.
“Tucked inside the rocket's nose cone were 60 satellites — the first batch of SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation, which the company hopes will help provide affordable internet coverage to the world,” the message says.
Before the first launch attempt, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted the pictures of the fleet cocooned in the Falcon 9’s payload fairing.
“This arrangement was a stark contrast to another photo Musk shared, which featured his cherry-red Tesla Roadster barely taking up any space inside its fairing, which launched on the Falcon Heavy rocket's maiden voyage in February 2018,” the news agency reports.