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’23 Satellites Launched by SpaceX, 260th Successful Mission of Reused Rocket’

April 1, 2024 | by The Jeuns

SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, achieved a major milestone by successfully launching 23 satellites into low-Earth orbit. This marks the company’s 260th re-flight of an orbital class rocket, showcasing their groundbreaking efforts in reusable rocket technology.

The key to this success lies in SpaceX’s design of the Falcon 9 rocket, specifically the first-stage booster, which can be landed and reused multiple times. Musk mentioned in 2017 that the goal was to re-fly the rocket with zero hardware changes, simply refueling it for the next launch. This approach significantly reduces the cost of launching payloads into space, a crucial advancement in the space industry.

Despite Musk’s goal of potentially reusing a single Falcon 9 rocket 100 times, the record for the most flights by a first-stage booster currently stands at 16 times. Nonetheless, this achievement was met with enthusiasm by SpaceX fans, who humorously compared the rocket’s safety to that of a Boeing aircraft.

In addition to this landmark launch, SpaceX also recently deployed a geostationary telecommunications satellite for Eutelsat. This mission further demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving satellite technology and expanding access to services across continents.

Overall, SpaceX’s continuous efforts in reusability and innovation position them as a leading player in the space exploration industry, with a bright future ahead.

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