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SpaceX’s 100th Falcon 9 flight for Starlink sets new re-use record

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night set a new record for re-using a first stage: it was the seventh time that SpaceX flew the booster into space and brought it back to Earth.

The vehicle delivered another batch of 60 Starlink satellites to orbit.

The Falcon 9 first stage separated from the upper stage shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral and turned round to land on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk expects that the newest version of the Falcon 9 booster – known as B1049 – could fly up to ten times without any major overhaul, and up to 100 times with regular refurbishments.

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Paris, 23 April 2021. – The German Aerospace Center (DLR) wants to land a radiation detector on the Moon onboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander in 2021, Astrobotic said. DLR will send the detector to measure key radiation data on the flight to the Moon and on the lunar surface.