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Falcon 9 Launches for Record 10th Flight

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set a record Sunday, launching and landing for the 10th time.

The rocket took off early Sunday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station to deliver a load of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.

SpaceX has launched 14 rockets this year that have flown multiple missions. Eleven of those missions were to deploy Starlink satellites. The company is on pace to beat last year’s record 26 flights. This mission marked the 118th overall flight for Falcon 9, and the 64th flight of a refurbished booster. Chief Executive Elon Musk has said the booster could be used as many as 100 times.

The satellites delivered Sunday will join more than 1,600 others that make up SpaceX’s constellation for Starlink, an effort to provide internet coverage to the world. The service is already operational in some areas for beta users. A commercial rollout is expected later this year.

Watch Sunday’s mission below.

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Well heck - if the May 9 date and expected booster are correct, then I'm off by 23 days and @e-FTW is off by 5 days. I'll need a slip of about 10 days to move back into the lead.

When was the last time that a Starlink launch slipped 10+ days?


I'm not liking my odds.
 
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Well heck - if the May 9 date and expected booster are correct, then I'm off by 23 days and @e-FTW is off by 5 days. I'll need a slip of about 10 days to move back into the lead.

When was the last time that a Starlink launch slipped 10+ days?


I'm not liking my odds.
Yeah. I've got a second confirmation this will be B1051 from EA's website.

That said, SpaceX has labelled this as the 27th Starlink mission internally. The 26th batch will launch after this one.

Thread headline has been changed and updated with known information.
 
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Arianespace officials told, some years ago, that SpaceX rocket re-use program was a fool's errand. They had calculated that (for them),that they needed over twenty launches per year and at least ten re-uses per booster for program to be commercially viable, that according them that was impossible...
 

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Congrats to SpaceX for capturing a tenbagger! Does Elon now want to crank it up to 11?
An orbital Starship contest might heighten interest during the gap between suborbital testing and reaching orbit. Perhaps include winning contingent on a successful landing.
 

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Congrats to SpaceX for capturing a tenbagger! Does Elon now want to crank it up to 11?

Nice. That'll be Elon's tweet when that mission is announced...

An orbital Starship contest might heighten interest during the gap between suborbital testing and reaching orbit. Perhaps include winning contingent on a successful landing.

And the contest negotiations have begun. I'll start a new thread about the next bet!
 
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