Liftoff! SpaceX launches batch of Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on Saturday morning.

The launch was supposed to happen Friday, but in a tweet, SpaceX said they would be standing down due to weather.

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A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:19 a.m. carrying 53 of the high-speed, broadband internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. 

The booster supporting this mission previously launched Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-11, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and four Starlink missions. 

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Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Saturday's launch was the 15th Starlink launch of the year and SpaceX's 23rd mission of 2021. 

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