SpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3 satellite and makes 14th landing

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

The Falcon 9 was launched into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 34 of the SpaceXs. Starlink Internet Satellites and BlueWalker 3, a prototype satellite built by AST SpaceMobile that is billed as the largest commercial communications network ever flown in space. Liftoff occurred at 9:20 p.m. EDT (0120 GMT) Saturday evening (September 10), with the Falcon 9 boost by doing SpaceX history when he returned to Earth.

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

“This is a record 14th landing for this booster,” Jesse Anderson, director of production engineering for SpaceX, said at a press conference. live commentary (opens in a new tab).

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