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Falcon 9 Flies for Record Ninth Time


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Jan 31, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A SpaceX Falcon 9 flew for a record ninth time Sunday, delivering a batch of 60 Starlink satellites. 

The rocked launched from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:01 a.m. ET. The rocket also successfully landed on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” stationed out in the Atlantic Ocean.

With Sunday’s addition to the constellation, SpaceX has now launched 1,325 satellites. SpaceX has been launching the satellite’s batches of 60, aiming for an initial constellation of 1,440.

SpaceX is building the Starlink constellation to beam highspeed internet service around the world. Starlink is currently in beta, serving about 10,000 customers. The price is currently $99 per month plus a one-time fee of $499 for the user terminal, mounting tripod, and router.

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Still find this pretty amazing. 9th successful flight of this booster. Next time around will hit the design aim. At present no one else seems close to achieving booster landing and SpaceX are already testing their next generation Starship.

Watched Neil Armstrong take his 'small step' and hope to live long enough to see someone step onto Mars. After a long gap exciting times are back.
Sure make it look easy- I know it's so hard. Amazing. Loved the IR imagery after stage sep, with S2 thrusting away and the IR camera staying on stage one- wish they'd have kept that camera showing longer.
Agreed, IR is very neat. You can clearly see the hotspots on the fairing and the gridfins. In case there was any doubt those speeds in the thick parts of the atmosphere create heat.
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