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SpaceX launches 51 Starlink satellites from California
SpaceX launches 51 Starlink satellites from California
by Patrick Hilsman
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2023

SpaceX launched 51 Starlink satellites into orbit Wednesday.

The satellites were carried into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 4:09 p.m. EDT.

The Falcon 9 booster stage that launched the Starlinks Wednesday previously launched satellites for Space Development Agency's Tranche 0 mission and a previous Starlink mission.

The booster stage separated from the rest of the spacecraft shortly after launch and return to Earth, where it landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Pacific Ocean approximately 8 minutes and 40 seconds after launch.

Wednesday's launch was the 28th Falcon 9 launch of the year.

In total, SpaceX has launched over 4,300 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. The company has obtained permission to deploy a total of 12,000 Starlinks and is currently seeking permission to launch an additional 30,000.

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