SpaceX has launched another batch of its Starlink internet satellites to orbit.
The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth for a vertical landing about 8.5 minutes after launch. It touched down on the droneship “Of Course I Still Love You,” which was stationed in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.
It was the 13th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description. Six of its 12 previous flights have been Starlink missions.
Friday morning’s launch was the 91st orbital mission of 2023 for SpaceX, extending the company’s single-year record. The previous mark, 61 launches, was set in 2022.