SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 46 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night.
Following stage separation, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean so it can potentially be used again.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship pic.twitter.com/PL3RRQv1bv— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 31, 2022
“The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, DART, and four Starlink missions,” SpaceX announced.
This launch also marked the 58th first stage landing on Of Course I Still Love You and SpaceX's 39th launch of the year.
Deployment of 46 Starlink satellites confirmed— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 31, 2022
Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service designed to reach rural and remote communities.