SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, successfully launched two rockets over the weekend. The first rocket carried Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, while the second rocket delivered two radar reconnaissance satellites for the German military.

On Sunday, SpaceX launched the Sarah-2 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 8:11 a.m. EST. The launch was delayed by a day to ensure all preflight checks were completed. The German satellites were successfully deployed later in the morning, with the first stage of the rocket landing on Landing Zone 4 less than eight minutes after liftoff.

“We are thrilled to confirm that the two satellites are now safely in orbit. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Sarah team and our colleagues at OHB,” said German aerospace company OHB SE in a statement. The Sarah-2 mission is the successor to the SAR-Lupe system, which was Germany’s first military satellite program.

Prior to the Sarah-2 mission, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday. This rocket carried 23 Starlink satellites and took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The deployment of the satellites was confirmed shortly after liftoff.

This mission marked the 19th flight for the first stage booster, which has previously supported a range of missions including Crew Demo-2 and various other Starlink launches. Despite concerns about collisions and light pollution, SpaceX remains committed to expanding its satellite constellation.

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