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SpaceX launches its 20th mission of the year with launch of 56 Starlink satellites
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
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SpaceX launches its 20th mission of the year with launch of 56 Starlink satellites
by Jennifer Briggs
Space Coast FL (SPX) Mar 24, 2023

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 spaceport drone ship A Shortfall Of Gravitas (ASOG). It has successfully launched and landed for the 10th time for the mission Starlink 5-5.

Among its previous flights were 2 crewed missions and 2 cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, Turksat 5B, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, mPOWER-a, and now three Starlink missions.

The company is keeping up its cadence with the Starlink 5-5 mission as SpaceX's 20th mission of the year.

SpaceX has launched 4,161 Starlink satellites to LEO, 3,812 of which are currently working. Those numbers will continue to increase with approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy 12,000 Starlink craft in orbit.

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