HomeSpace FlightSpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3 satellite, aces 14th landing

SpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3 satellite, aces 14th landing

SpaceX launched a novel — and colossal — commercial communications satellite into orbit late Saturday and set a new launch record for its Falcon 9 rocket at the same time.

The Falcon 9 launched into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying 34 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites and BlueWalker 3, a prototype satellite built by AST SpaceMobile that’s billed as the largest commercial communications array ever flown in space. Liftoff was at 9:20 p.m. EDT (0120 GMT) on Saturday night (Sept. 10), with the Falcon 9 booster making some SpaceX history when it returned to Earth. 

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 10, 2022 carrying 34 Starlink satellites and the huge BlueWalker 3 satellite. (Image credit: SpaceX)

“This is a record-breaking 14th landing for this booster,” Jesse Anderson, a SpaceX production engineering manager, said during live commentary (opens in new tab)

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