On Tuesday at 10:24 a.m. EDT, a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launched 23 Starlink spacecraft within a four-hour window that began at 7:30 a.m. EDT.

The launch was initially set for Monday, May 27, but SpaceX postponed the attempt.

About 8 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first stage returned to Earth, landing on the droneship "A Shortfall of Gravitas" in the Atlantic Ocean.

As per SpaceX's mission description, this specific first stage completed its 10th launch and landing. Out of its nine previous flights, six were Starlink missions.

The Falcon 9's upper stage proceeded to transport the 23 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit. They were anticipated to be deployed approximately 65 minutes after liftoff.

Tuesday marked SpaceX's 53rd orbital mission this year, with 37 missions in 2024 focused solely on growing the Starlink megaconstellation. The constellation now boasts nearly 6,000 operational satellites.