SpaceX sets new record by sending 17,400 kg into space
Another 56 Starlink satellites were launched into orbit
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) set a new record today, September 26. She launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the heaviest payload in history.
Currently Falcon 9 from SpaceX — the only medium-lift missile that can land and be reused. It has become a true workhorse of the company for a variety of missions, such as Starlink satellite launches, astronaut launches, cargo missions to the International Space Station, and launches for other companies.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle was used by eight once. The new launch took place at 12:32 Moscow time from the 40th launch complex of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket lifted 56 Starlink satellites with a total weight of 17.4 tons into low Earth orbit.
The first stage separated approximately 2 minutes 30 seconds after liftoff and began a controlled descent back to Earth, and eight minutes and 40 seconds after liftoff landed unerringly on a platform off the coast of Florida.
Two halves of the fairing broke off the nose cone of the upper stage shortly after the separation of the first stage and fell into the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX stated in a webcast that it intends to restore the fairing for future reuse.