SpaceX ramps up launch rate with fifth Falcon 9 mission in three weeks
Photos: Falcon 9 stands ready for weekend launch
Live coverage: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center
SpaceX launched its fifth Falcon 9 rocket in 22 days on Saturday, beginning a mission to deploy 52 more Starlink internet satellites and two rideshare payloads for Capella Space and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Liftoff from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida occurred at 6:56 p.m. EDT (2256 GMT), and SpaceX successfully landed the first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Two hitchhiker smallsats to accompany SpaceX’s next Starlink mission into orbit
Chinese Long March 6 rocket delivers nine small satellites to space
Nine small Chinese satellites, including a technology experiment to test out ways to capture space debris, rode a Long March 6 rocket into orbit April 27 on a rideshare mission managed by China Great Wall Industry Corp., the government-owned enterprise charged with selling Chinese launch services on the commercial market.