SpaceX Launched 52 Starlink Satellites Saturday Morning
By edhat staff
A SpaceX rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base carrying 52 Starlink internet satellites into orbit early Saturday.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 4:41 a.m. and arced over the Pacific and its first stage returned and landed on a SpaceX droneship in the ocean. It was the 11th launch and recovery of the stage.
The second stage continued into orbit and deployment of the satellites was confirmed, said launch commentator Youmei Zhou at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.
Saturday's mission was the 34th launch for Starlink, a constellation of nearly 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit.
SpaceX is was scheduled to launch a Turkish communications satellite from Florida at 10:58 p.m. EST Saturday.
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