WATCH AGAIN: SpaceX early morning rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center

Company deploys 53 satellites after Falcon 9 lifts off from Florida

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – SpaceX early Thursday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, laden with another batch of Starlink internet satellites.

The mission marked the company’s 200th successful Falcon 9 rocket launch.

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SpaceX later confirmed that the 53 Starlink satellites were successfully deployed.

B1069, the booster used in Thursday’s launch, took its fifth-ever flight and landed upright on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean; B1069 previously launched CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1 and another Starlink mission, according to SpaceX.

SpaceX plans to launch 100 rockets in 2023.

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