SpaceX Launches 52 Starlink Satellites, Lands Falcon 9 First Stage for Record 11th Time

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) — On December 18 at 4:41 a.m. PST, Falcon 9 launched 52 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, completing the first eleventh launch and landing of an orbital class rocket booster.

The Falcon 9 first stage booster has launched Dragon’s first crew demonstration mission, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and now 8 Starlink missions.