SpaceX launched another 52 of its Starlink internet satellites to orbit Saturday evening and also aced a rocket landing at sea.
A Falcon 9 rocket topped with Starlink lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Saturday at 7:32pm EDT (2332 GMT), space.com reports.
Just under nine minutes later, the Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth for a pinpoint touchdown on the SpaceX “droneship” A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the fourth liftoff and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.
Saturday’s launch continues the buildout of SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation, which provides internet service for people around the world. The company has now lofted nearly 3,400 Starlink satellites and plans to launch thousands more.