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SpaceX Launch Signals Quicker Pace of Booster Refurbishment

The SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage booster taking 53 of the company’s Starlink satellites to orbit Friday last launched on April 8 for the Axiom Space Inc. private crew flight to the International Space Station. 

The SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage booster taking 53 of the company’s Starlink satellites to orbit Friday last launched on April 8 for the Axiom Space Inc. private crew flight to the International Space Station. 

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SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that flew earlier this month, marking the fastest turnaround yet for the company in refurbishing a previously flown booster.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage booster taking 53 of the company’s Starlink satellites to orbit Friday last launched on April 8 for the Axiom Space Inc. private crew flight to the International Space Station. It will be the booster’s sixth flight overall and the sixth SpaceX launch in April. The company lands its boosters on a drone ship at sea, or near the launch pad.