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SpaceX launches 56 Starlink satellites from Florida
by Patrick Hilsman
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 24, 2021

SpaceX launched 56 Starlink satellites from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Friday.

The satellites were carried into low-Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket which lifted off at 11:43 a.m. EDT.

The reusable first stage booster separated shortly after liftoff and returned to Earth where it landed on the "Shortfall of Gravitas" drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 minutes and 27 seconds after launch.

The first stage booster that ferried the satellites into orbit previously launched two Starlink missions along with the Crew-3 and Crew-4 missions and the CRS-22, CRS-25, Turksat 5B, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G and mPower-a missions.

The landing was the tenth so far for the first stage booster that launched the 56 Starlink satellites Friday.

Approximately nine minutes after liftoff the spacecraft completed nominal orbital insertion.

The mission was the 20th SpaceX launch this year and the 2019th overall.

SpaceX has launched 4,105 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, including 3,750 that are currently operational and has permission to send as many as 12,000 into orbit.

Friday's will be the company's 20th launch of the year with CEO Elon Musk estimating it could conduct as many as 100 orbital missions this year.

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SpaceX launched its 20th mission of 2023 on Friday (March 24), launching 56 of its Starlink internet satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) and landing the first stage booster on a droneship offshore. The mission, named Starlink Group 5-5, lifted off at 11:43 AM EDT (15:43 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. About eight and a half minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first-stage booster B1067 returned itself down to the autonomous spa ... read more

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