SpaceX launches, lands Falcon 9 rocket in 6th flight, breaking records – Fox News

SpaceX on Tuesday launched its Falcon 9 rocket for a record-breaking sixth flight before successfully landing the vehicle on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The success paves the way for a possible seventh use of the rocket booster, keeping in aims with the company’s goal to land its boosters and recover each half of the nosecone for partial reuse.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off from SpaceX’s launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida around 10:30 EST Tuesday, launching 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet SkySat satellites into space, The Verge reported.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea's ANASIS-II military communications satellite launched from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea’s ANASIS-II military communications satellite launched from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  (LightRocket via Getty Images)

SpaceX has to date launched nearly 600 satellites for its Starlink initiative – aimed at creating broadband coverage from orbit.

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Tuesday’s mission marked SpaceX’s 95th successful launch since its founding nearly 20 years ago. In that time frame, the company has landed rocket boosters 58 times and re-used them for at least 40 missions.

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The company has said that a Falcon 9 rocket costs around $62 million per launch but reusing them can slash that price by more than half, CNBC reported.

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