Falcon 9 • Starlink 6-5
July 9, 2023 at 11:58 p.m. EDT
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches 22 Starlink Gen2 constellation satellites into a low Earth orbit from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.
The rocket's reusable first-stage booster broke the reusability record for flying and landing for the 16th time.
Booster B1058 first flew on SpaceX's first crewed mission, Crew Dragon Demo-2, with the crew Dragon named "Endeavour" which carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station in the first crewed orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, and the first private spacecraft that can carry a crew into low-Earth orbit on May 20, 2020. SpaceX tested its boosters reusability by going beyond their certified limit of 15 flights.