The successful liftoff marked the second time SpaceX launched one of its 229-foot-tall (70 meters) workhorse Falcon 9 rockets within the same week, each carrying a full stack of 60 flat-paneled Starlink broadband satellites, space.com reported.
“SpaceX’s first reuse of an orbital class rocket was on the SES-10 mission way back in March of 2017,” SpaceX supply chain supervisor Michael Andrews said in a live webcast.
Approximately nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first stage returned to Earth, touching down on SpaceX’s drone ship “Just Read the Instructions” for a record 10th successful landing.
Onlookers were treated to quite the spectacle as the rocket lit up the pre-dawn sky as it climbed to orbit. Clear skies above Florida’s Space Coast made for prime viewing conditions.