For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM
Titusville, FL – Just past midnight Sunday, June 19, SpaceX completed an amazing launch trifecta with the blastoff of the Globalstar FM15 telecommunications satellite to low-Earth orbit on the 3rd recycled Falcon 9 rocket to launce in just 36 hours from 3 different launch pads from both U.S. coasts in Florida and California.
The mission trifecta began with the successful launch of the SpaceX Starlink 4-19 mission from pad 39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday, June 17 at 12:09 p,m. EDT following by the German military’s SARah 1 radar reconnaissance satellite from Vandenberg SFB in California on Saturday, June 18 at 10:19 EDT.
After successful fairing jettison and stage separation and three upper stage firings the Globalstar FM15 payload was deployed as planned 1 hour and 53 minutes after liftoff.
The recycled Falcon 9 booster nailed the upright soft landing on the Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) droneship positioned off the Carolinas coast some eight minutes after launch.
The Falcon 9 first stage booster designated as B1061 supporting this mission previously supported the launch of Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, one Starlink mission, Transporter-4, and most recently Transporter-5.
In a stunning space achievement SpaceX launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 first stage for a record-breaking 13th time for the first time ever at noontime Friday, June 17 from the Kennedy Space Center – on the occasion of another Starlink internet satellite launch that began the launch trio.
While crowning and establishing a new Fleet Leading booster with first stage B1060, SpaceX also triumphed by marking their 100th successful launch of a reused booster.
Overall the launches marked the 158th, 159th, and 160th flights of a Falcon 9 rocket and the 24th, 25th, and 26th Falcon 9 missions this year
This tied the 26-launch total achieved by SpaceX during the entire year of 2020.
Furthermore SpaceX is on track to eclipse the 31-launch mark tally from all of last year rather soon – perhaps by the end of July.
SpaceX plans 50 to 60 les overall in 2022 – a phenomenal pace.
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