CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites went off without a hitch Friday afternoon, despite concerns about the weather earlier in the day.
What You Need To Know
- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off at 3:21 p.m. EDT Friday
- The rocket carried 53 Starlink internet satellites into low-Earth orbit
- Scroll down to watch the launch
SpaceX’s nearly 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 3:21 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, with 53 Starlink satellites aboard into low-Earth orbii.
After the stage separation, the rocket’s first stage returned to Earth and landed on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas that is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
About the mission
The Starlink satellites deliver internet access coverage to most of the planet and give a high-tech broadband capability for activities like video calls and streaming, stated the company.
SpaceX operates the Starlink company.
Before Friday’s launch and according to Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ astronomer Jonathan McDowell, 2,792 Starlink satellites were in orbit, with 2,756 working and 2,313 that are operational.