Finally, Lyons noted that SpaceX had, in fact, sent Mr. Steven out into the Pacific Ocean for the fairing recovery ship's first catch attempt in more than four months, and said that the company would provide updates about that attempt later on.
Following a bit less than three weeks of relentless launch delays and scrubs, SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster for the third time, marking a critical milestone for the company's long-held aspiration of building and operating rockets that can begin to approach the reliability, reusability, and affordability of modern aircraft.
This was the company's 18th launch of a previously flown first stage.
The launch was initially scheduled to take place at 10:31 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The launch, which happened shortly after 10:30 a.m., was originally scheduled for November 19, Noozhawk reported.
Liftoff came five days late, first because of predicted high winds and then an additional day to allow unspecified inspections of the Falcon 9's second stage.
This is the third time the launch has been postponed. The flight plan called for the single Merlin engine powering the second stage to fire for about seven-and-a-half minutes to complete the trip to a 375-mile-high orbit around Earth's poles.
It's not the largest launch ever - The Verge noted that an Indian rocket carried 104 satellites into orbit.
'It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from global organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India, " according to Spaceflight Industries. The current record is held by an Indian rocket that launched 104 small satellites earlier this year.