VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carried 53 satellites for the Starlink web constellation into orbit Friday after blasting off from California.
The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07 p.m., and minutes later the primary stage landed on a droneship within the Pacific Ocean whereas the second stage continued towards low Earth orbit.
SpaceX later tweeted that the satellites had been efficiently deployed.
Starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has been constructing for years to convey web entry to underserved areas of the world.
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has tons of of Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers).
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