SpaceX launches batch of Starlink satellites from California

Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 satellites launched at 3:26 p.m. from Vandenberg Space Force Base

Space officials launched the Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. (SpaceX)

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink satellites from California on Friday afternoon.

Space officials launched the Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:26 p.m. EST.

The satellites were sent into low-Earth orbit.

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The first-stage booster supporting the mission has also launched NROL-87, NROL-85, SARah-1, SWOT, and three Starlink missions and successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, according to SpaceX.

This launch took place a few hours before another scheduled launch on the Florida Space Coast from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, during which a Falcon 9 rocket will carry the SES18 and SES19 satellites in a geosynchronous transfer orbit. That launch window opens at 7:38 p.m. EST.

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