WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday afternoon.

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In a change from previous Starlink missions, the Falcon 9 rocket flew southeast from the Space Coast and around the Bahamas to avoid the risk of dropping debris on the islands.

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Thursday’s launch at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A happened at 4:49 p.m.

SpaceX officials said the Starlink mission aims to provide reliable and affordable internet service across the globe with a constellation of networked satellites.

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