SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully completed another launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Saturday morning.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:19 a.m. on Saturday. The launch was scrubbed on Friday due to bad weather at the pad and at sea in the booster recovery zone.


SpaceX said there are 53 Starlink internet satellites on board.

Those satellites are part of a massive system that will bring high-speed internet around the world.

With Saturday’s launch, SpaceX said they will have deployed 1,844 Starlink satellites into orbit.

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SpaceX launched its first set of Starlink satellites in May 2019.

SpaceX said a small percentage of those satellites are either not working or have fallen out of orbit.

SpaceX’s goal is to launch nearly 12,000 satellites into low-earth orbit.

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Minutes after Saturday’s launch, the booster rocket successfully made its way back to Earth and landed on a drone ship named “Just Read the Instructions.”

Saturday’s launch was SpaceX’s first East Coast launch carrying Starlink internet satellites since June.

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