SpaceX launched the Sirius XM satellite into orbit early in the morning on Sunday, June 6, marking 125 successful missions for the company.
A Falcon 9 rocket was used for launch, and was launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
And unlike NASA rockets of the past, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle is reusable.
The take-off occurred just after midnight at 00:26 ET (9:26 PT) on Saturday, June 5.
The mission launched a satellite, dubbed SXM-8, into orbit about 30 minutes after launch. The SXM-8 satellite will be part of the SiriusXM satellite radio network.
The satellite is similar to the one called SXM-7, which SpaceX successfully launched into orbit last year. But it later crashed into orbit.
The 70-meter-high Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered the SXM-8 broadcast satellite into orbit. It is one of two satellites that SpaceX is launching to replace older satellites currently in orbit.
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The booster used to launch the Falcon 9 rocket made its third flight into the atmosphere. This is after it was previously used in two missions: the Crew-1 and Crew-2 mission.
This was the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon capsule, which transported astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station. Thanks to this, the astronauts returned to American soil for the first time since the space shuttle program was closed in 2011.
SpaceX recently set a record one in 10 missions, a milestone in the company’s achievement of its reuse goal.
The company collects and reuses its boosters for multiple missions, and SpaceX did the same on this launch.
She also shared, via her official Twitter account, the first stage of the launch of the launch vehicle aboard the Just Read the Instructions drone stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Once the launch vehicle hits Earth, the footage shakes, which is normal if you’ve watched a lot of SpaceX launch vehicle landings.
The reason is that the live broadcast is interrupted when the booster drops by the signals used to send and receive video data.
The camera on the drone transmits the video data to a satellite, which sends it to SpaceX.
But when the launch vehicle gets close enough to land, it shakes the ship so violently that the satellite signal is cut off or lost, which can make the video unstable.