Early on Thursday morning, SpaceX launched another 60 satellites into space as part of its Starlink mission.
At 01:19 AM EST, the space company's Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off the ground and shot up to orbit, with its first stage booster safely landing back on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship in the Atlantic.
But SpaceX won't be resting on its laurels in celebration quite yet, as a second launch with a further 60 satellites is due to go forward at 05:36 AM EST, as the company explained on Twitter. That would send over 100 Starlink satellites to space in just a week.
Today's Starlink satellites launches
As Elon Musk explained on Twitter, Thursday's first stage booster drone ship landing "was a tough one," and when prodded about why, Musk simply answered "high seas & wind." But, it was still a successful one.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
The rocket's first stage booster was previously on four other missions: two Starlink missions, the GPS III Space Vehicle 03, and Turksat 5A ones. And one half of the rocket's fairing was previously used on the SAOCOM-1B mission, while the other half was on the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 one.
Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/96pHRHXZi0— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 4, 2021
And in keeping with its focus on expanding its satellite fleet, SpaceX is sending another 60 satellites up to space later on Thursday from NASA's iconic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a different Falcon 9 rocket.
Today's earlier launch as well as the upcoming one can be viewed on SpaceX's live-streaming YouTube channel.