SpaceX Launches Second Falcon 9 Rocket in 24 Hours from Florida

In a quick succession of launches, SpaceX sent its second Starlink mission into space in just over 24 hours from Florida.

Following the Starlink 6-51 launch from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A on Wednesday evening, the next day saw a similar event as Starlink 6-52 took off from Cape Canaveral.

At 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Space Force’s Launch Complex 40, carrying 23 Starlink satellites. As it ascended into the late afternoon sky, the familiar rumble echoed across the Brevard area.

SpaceX Launches Second Falcon 9 Rocket in 24 Hours from Florida

Though the SpaceX live video cut off before showing the booster landing on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship, the company confirmed the successful landing on social media.

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This marked SpaceX’s 40th launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket this year, including missions from both Florida and California.

The Falcon 9 booster used in this launch has an impressive history, having flown six times before. It previously launched crewed missions Axiom-2 and Axiom-3, as well as the CRS-30 resupply mission to the International Space Station last month, delivering experiments and even coffee to the astronauts aboard.

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