SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Space Coast

Rocket carried 40 satellites into space

SpaceX kicks off 2023 with Falcon 9 launch on Florida’s Space Coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket Monday from Florida’s Space Coast.

Forty satellites were launched atop the rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 11:50 p.m., part of the OneWeb 16 mission.

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The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, but it was pushed back to complete pre-launch processing, according to SpaceX.

This mission marked OneWeb’s second time launching from Florida with SpaceX and its 16th launch to date.

OneWeb said in a news release that its “connectivity solutions are already active in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and wider Arctic area, providing internet connectivity to unserved and underserved rural and remote communities and businesses.”

The first-stage rocket booster was expected to land at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Forecasters with Space Launch Delta 45 said there was a less than 10% chance that weather would prevent the launch.

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