SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the same Falcon 9 rocket for a record-extending ninth time.

The launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 14 March was the 22nd Starlink mission and SpaceX’s eighth launch of 2021.

There are now more than 1,100 Starlink satellites in orbit, offering high-speed internet to ground-based users in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and New Zealand.

SpaceX hopes to grow the constellation over the next several years in order to expand its broadband coverage to 99 per cent of the populated world.

“Today’s Starlink launch is particularly special as this is the first time that we are flying a Falcon 9 rocket for the ninth flight,” said Kate Tice, senior certification engineer at SpaceX.