Tonight, SpaceX will launch 54 Starlink satellites and land a rocket at sea (Aug. 27)

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying 54 Starlink spacecraft is set to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday.

The Falcon 9's first stage will return to Earth less than nine minutes after launch, landing on the SpaceX droneship.

This will be the Falcon 9 first stage's second launch and landing.

Last December, the booster also assisted in the launch of a robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.

Saturday's launch will be SpaceX's 38th of 2022, breaking the company's record for most orbital missions in a calendar year.

It will be the year's 24th mission dedicated to Starlink, SpaceX's internet megaconstellation.

The direct-to-handset service is set to launch next year. Starlink Version 2 satellites will be used.

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