SpaceX successfully launched 23 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit earlier today from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This marks the 61st orbital launch from the Space Force installation this year, further extending the annual launch record.
The launch took place at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday using a Falcon 9 rocket. Remarkably, this was the 11th flight for the first stage booster utilized in this launch. The booster had previously been used for various missions including SES-22, ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1, Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission, CRS-27, and now seven Starlink missions.
The booster successfully landed on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, where it could potentially be used for future launches. SpaceX proudly announced on their Twitter feed, now known as X, that this launch brings their total count for 2023 to 80, with over 1,000 metric tons delivered to orbit.
Up next in their launch schedule is a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station, which is set to take place tomorrow night.
For those interested, the liftoff can be observed by visiting the SpaceX X feed.