CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX launched another batch of its Starlink internet satellites late Wednesday night from Cape Canaveral.
Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket was at 11:44 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.
SpaceX officials said the first stage of the rocket did land on the Just Read the Instructions droneship. This completed this booster’s seventh launch, according to SpaceX.
The launch marked the 25th of the Starlink mission, bringing the total of satellites into low-Earth orbit near 2,000. The Starlink constellation is providing internet to those taking part in the company’s beta program currently, with more than 10,000 users.
SpaceX has been launching about 60 satellites at a time since May 2019 with the goal of providing internet to even remote locations around the globe.
The launch comes less than a week after SpaceX sent four astronauts to the International Space Station in a spectacular early morning launch.
Meanwhile, four other astronauts are scheduled to splashdown Saturday in another SpaceX spacecraft off Florida’s Gulf Coast, returning to Earth from the space station.