SpaceX launched the 32nd successful Falcon 9 missile on Friday, breaking the 2021 record when the company launched 31 missiles. Until the end of the year, the record of the American launch company will only increase. This time, Falcon 9 launched another shipment of 46 Starlink Internet satellites.
Falcon 9 was launched at 13:40 EDT from the launch site of SLC-4E of the U.S. Space Force Base Vandenberg in California in the middle of a heavy fog on the West Coast of the United States. About 8.5 minutes after the launch, the first stage of Falcon 9, which had already made its fourth flight, successfully landed on the unmanned floating platform Of Course I Still Love You in the Pacific Ocean, and the team on the rescue ship SpaceX was expected to catch in the ocean the coils of the missile ' s head coil, which, after separation, would be launched in parachutes.
It was the 53rd satellite launch of the company since May 2019 for the Starlink Space Group, and a total of 2,904 satellites were launched, some of which were disabled. The next Starlink satellite launch will take place on July 24, from the LC-39A launch site of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.