Falcon 9: SpaceX's 

Workhorse Rocket

The Falcon 9

 rocket launches satellites, cargo and astronauts into low Earth orbit.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

 is the vehicle that brings satellites, Dragon cargo spacecraft and Crew Dragon spacecraft to orbit. 

Among its many uses,

 SpaceX regularly launches Falcon 9 to bring its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Dragon made the first

 private spacecraft visit ever there in October 2012 and has run more than 25 cargo missions in the years since.

The rocket's first

 comes down on land, or on a drone ship nearby the launch pad. 

It is the ride of choice

 for SpaceX's Starlink satellite system for broadband service and has been tasked for security missions on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office.

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