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November 21, 2020 04:47 pm

SpaceX Begins a Day With Two Falcon 9 Launches, Seventh Flight of a Recycled Rocket

While tonight will see SpaceX's 16th launch of its broadband satellites, that launch will also make history, reports CNET:The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its seventh flight, which would be a record for rocket recycling for the company. The booster previously flew on four Starlink missions and a pair of larger telecom satellite launches. SpaceX will likely attempt to land the booster on a droneship in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also try to catch the two halves of the nose cone or fairing with another pair of ships. This all happens just about 10 hours after SpaceX is scheduled to perform another big launch on the other side of the country. On Saturday morning [in just one half hour], another Falcon 9 will blast off from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California carrying the new NASA/European Space Agency Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich satellite designed to monitor global sea level rise and improve weather forecasting... You can watch the whole thing right here. SpaceX has also begun tweeting photos taken last weekend during its Crew Dragon capsule's flight from earth— and its arrival at the International Space Station.

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