Skip to main content

SpaceX marks 200th rocket landing with perfect touchdown

SpaceX achieved its 200th Falcon 9 landing on Monday, confirming yet again the viability of its reusable spaceflight system.

The company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk shared footage showing the first-stage booster in the final stages of its descent before making a perfect upright landing.

After delivering 72 spacecraft to orbit, Falcon 9 returns to Earth and completes SpaceX’s 200th landing of an orbital class rocket

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 13, 2023

This was the ninth launch and landing of this particular Falcon 9 booster, which previously supported the launch of the NROL-87, NROL-85, SARah-1, and SWOT missions, and also four Starlink missions.

After a number of mishaps where the booster toppled over and exploded shortly after touching down, SpaceX achieved its first successful landing in 2015. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength, perfecting the landing procedure so that the booster can be refurbished and used multiple times. SpaceX also reuses its Dragon spacecraft for crew and cargo flights to and from the International Space Station, as well as the rocket’s fairing.

Using the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster for multiple missions has enabled SpaceX to cut the cost of spaceflight and also increase the frequency of launches.

In a tweet showing the increase in the pace of flights using refurbished boosters, SpaceX said that flight-proven first stages have launched up to 90% of the last 100-plus missions since the beginning of 2022.

Rocket reusability enables increased reliability and launch cadence

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 12, 2023

Monday’s mission launched from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California for the Transporter-8 mission, which was SpaceX’s eighth flight for its dedicated smallsat rideshare program.

The rocket’s payload comprised 72 spacecraft, among them cubeSats, microSats, a re-entry capsule, and orbital transfer vehicles carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time.

The next Falcon 9 flight is set for June 18 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
SpaceX reportedly turns a profit after two annual losses
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket heads to space on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

SpaceX has turned a profit following two years of narrowing losses, according to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal.

The spaceflight company led by Elon Musk raked in revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter of this year, resulting in a profit of $55 million.

Read more
How to watch NASA and SpaceX launch Crew-7 to the space station
SpaceX's Crew-7 astronauts.

NASA Live: Official Stream of NASA TV

NASA and SpaceX are making final preparations for the Crew-7 flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

Read more
SpaceX images flaunt the awesome power of Starship rocket
SpaceX testing its Super Heavy booster.



Read more