Transporter-6 (Falcon 9)
3 January 2023
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Transporter-6 mission to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 9:56 a.m. on 3 January 2023. Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage landed on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, Intelsat G-33/G-34 and 10 Starlink missions.

Transporter-6 is SpaceX’s sixth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission. There are 114 payloads on this flight, including CubeSats, microsats, picosats, and orbital transfer vehicles carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time.

A multiple-image composite of the launch.
ABOVE & BELOW: Booster separation sequence.
The bottom two images show the booster performing the boostback burn to put it on course for Landing Zone 1.
Entry burn sequence. Note the booster can be seen wrapped in flames inside the fireball.
The booster leaves a smoke trail as it descends toward Landing Zone 1.
The booster moments before the landing burn begins.
Touchdown at Landing Zone 1!
Image Credit: SpaceX
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