SpaceX launches Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral

Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Florida’s Space Coast

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The payload is the 17th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Associated Press)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink satellites into space Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral.

The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket took place at 6:12 p.m. from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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SpaceX tweeted Thursday morning that the mission would send 48 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky spacecraft into orbit.

The Space Coast-based 45th Weather Squadron said conditions should be nearly 100% “go” around the pad, with additional criteria -- upper-level winds, drone ship recovery weather and solar flare activity -- noted as “low-risk.”

Launch on Thursday, Dec. 2

  • Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
  • Mission: 32nd batch of Starlink internet satellites
  • Launch Time: 6:12 p.m. EST
  • Launch Complex: 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Trajectory: Northeast
  • Landing: Drone ship
  • Weather: 90% “go”