SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches 2 satellites, 3rd launch in 4 days
Updated 15:07, 09-Oct-2022

SpaceX launched two satellites on Saturday with a Falcon 9 booster that's been used a record-breaking 14 times, according to a company statement.

The satellites, Intelsat's Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, were launched into a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

About 8.5 minutes after launch, Falcon 9's first stage came back to Earth and touched down on SpaceX's A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship that was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred kilometers off the Florida coast.

The booster has previously supported the launch for GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2 and 10 bulky Starlink missions.

Saturday's launch was the third SpaceX mission within four days – the Falcon 9 rockets gave rides to the Crew-5 astronaut mission for NASA and a batch of 52 Starlink satellites on October 5.

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