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SpaceX sends 23 more Starlink satellites into orbit in Falcon 9 launch from Florida
SpaceX sends 23 more Starlink satellites into orbit in Falcon 9 launch from Florida
by Don Jacobson
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 25, 2024

SpaceX on Monday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a batch of 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The craft took off as scheduled from Space Launch Complex 40 at 7:42 p.m.

The Falcon 9's first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean following the launch, SpaceX said.

The launch marked the eighth flight for the first-stage booster used in Monday's mission. It previously had been used for Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, USSF-124, and four earlier Starlink missions.

The Falcon 9's upper stage was scheduled to deploy the 23 Starlink satellites approximately 65 minutes after liftoff.

Some 28 other Falcon 9 missions have been carried out already this year, including one on Thursday in which a Dragon cargo capsule filled with supplies and experiments for the International Space Station was sent into orbit.

A week ago, Space X launched a similar batch of Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The constellation of more than 5,000 satellites seeks to offer high-speed, low-latency Internet worldwide.

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