A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A at night

SpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3, the largest commercial communications network ever, and records its 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 SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites and BlueWalker 3, a prototype satellite built by AST SpaceMobile that is billed as the largest network commercial communications ever used in space. Liftoff took place at 9:20 p.m. EDT (01:20 GMT) Saturday evening (September 10), with the Falcon 9 booster making SpaceX history upon its return 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, SpaceX production engineering manager, said during live commentary. (opens in a new tab).


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