SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from California

Mission carries Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. – SpaceX on Wednesday successfully launched more Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.

The company launched its Falcon 9 rocket up at 4:09 p.m. EDT from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The mission will carry 51 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink internet service into low-Earth orbit.

The first-stage booster supporting the mission previously launched Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, Falcon 9′s first stage will try to land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

If it had been needed, a backup launch opportunity was available at 3:55 p.m. EDT Thursday.

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