HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) — Hawthorne-based SpaceX set a record Tuesday for the reuse of its workhorse Falcon 9 rockets when it launched another batch of internet satellites into orbit.
The Falcon 9 rocket that was used in Tuesday morning’s launch has been used in five previous missions and is now the first to be successfully launched and recovered six times.READ MORE: Residents Say Strong Stench In Carson Keeps Getting Stronger
The rocket, which launched at 7:31 a.m. California time from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, is propelling 58 Starlink satellites into orbit.
The Starlink satellites are part of SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s planned worldwide internet array, offering low-cost broadband access to traditionally underserved areas.READ MORE: Man Suspected Of Stealing Truck Taken Into Custody Following Pursuit
Roughly 600 Starlink satellites are already in orbit.
Tuesday’s launch also deployed three Earth-imaging satellites for a private company known as Planet. Those three satellites were deployed into orbit first — about 12 and a half minutes after liftoff — followed by the Starlink satellites 46 minutes after liftoff, according to SpaceX.MORE NEWS: LA Firefighters Respond To Fire At Suspected Marijuana Grow Operation In Canoga Park
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