SpaceX Celebrates 100th Flight with Latest Starlink Mission

SpaceX Makes 100th Flight from Florida - Courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX made its 100th flight Saturday, sending yet another fleet of Starlink satellites into orbit with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral.

A Falcon 9 rocket departed Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:31 a.m. EDT, with 60 satellites aboard, broadening the ever-growing Starlink constellation.

Nine minutes after the launch, SpaceX made its 63rd recovery of a Falcon first stage and 11th for Just Read the Instructions, the drone ship waiting in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. It was the second flight for booster B1060, which in June launched a GPS satellite for the U.S. Space Force.

It was the second Starlink launch of the week, which was first set to go on Oct. 22, but rescheduled to Saturday to examine a technical issue with camera on board the second stage.

SpaceX completed its 100th successful flight since Falcon 1 first flew to orbit in 2008. Over the course of these flights, SpaceX landed Falcon’s first stage booster 63 times and re-flew boosters 45 times.