The Falcon had an especially large payload for this mission, Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A: SmallSat Express made up of 64 CubeSats and micro satellites for assorted customers across the globe.
What's especially remarkable about Monday's launch is that it was the third time SpaceX has reused the Falcon 9. Until Monday, the company had not relaunched a Falcon 9 rocket that had already been flown into space and then returned to Earth more than twice.
On left, the Falcon 9 rocket booster landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was the United States private space agency's 19th launch of the year topping its previous annual record of 18, which was set last year.
Reusability is a key priority for SpaceX, which aims to re-fly its space vehicles frequently and repeatedly.
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Although Falcon 9 and Heavy rockets come into their prime once vertical, the rockets spend the vast majority of their lives horizontal, either in transport from facility to facility or stationary inside a SpaceX hangar, awaiting launch, undergoing integration, or being refurbished. And companies including SpaceX and OneWeb are racing to send constellations of thousands of high-speed internet satellites into low-Earth orbit. By 11:32 am PST (02:32 pm EST), SpaceX had confirmed the successful deployment of "four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express".
"Plan is to dry them out & launch again". The 64 miniature satellites belong to companies, governments and research institutions in 17 different countries.
It was also the first time Musk's company will attempt to send one of its rocket boosters to space for a third time. "Nothing wrong with a little swim", Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, said on Twitter. These missions took off from Launch Complex 39A and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (respectively), and both concluded with the first stage successfully landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. Six months later a Russian Soyuz rocket launched 73 satellites, though a few of them were unresponsive after launch. Spaceflight is expected to share updates about the remaining payloads. India's space agency past year shattered a world record by launching 104 small satellites with a single rocket.
That particular milestone will go a long way to realizing SpaceX's dream of making spaceflight more affordable.
South Korea has another satellite orbiting the Earth now.