Space fans have been starved for action, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But SpaceX early on Tuesday finally ended the streak that(the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.
This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sentin May and then in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.
The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather.
Anotherhas also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times.
Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.
“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.
Musk is surely pleased to see the spell of Scrubtober broken. This is the 13th Starlink mission so far, and SpaceX is planning on dozens more as it grows its broadband mega-constellation.