SpaceX just completed a remarkable spaceflight tripleheader.

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 19, carrying a communications satellite for the Louisiana-based company Globalstar to orbit

Ten minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage came back to Earth for a vertical landing on the SpaceX droneship

The satellite was deployed into orbit about 1 hour and 50 minutes after launch as planned

It was the third mission for SpaceX in just over 36 hours. The company launched 53 of its Starlink internet satellites on June 17 and lofted a radar satellite for the German military on Saturday June 18.

The June 17th mission set a new rocket-reuse record for SpaceX; the Falcon 9 that flew it featured a first stage that already had 12 launches under its belt

June 19th launch was the ninth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description.

SpaceX has really ratcheted up its launch pace this year, even before the trifecta. June 19th morning's liftoff was the the company's 26th of 2022, and the year isn't even half over yet


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