CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The next batch of Starlink satellites were launched into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday evening from the Space Coast.

What You Need To Know

  • The Falcon 9 rocket was loaded with 48 Starlink satellites destined to orbit the Earth

  • Two Earth observation micro-satellites from BlackSky were also on board

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The launch window opened at 6:12 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Originally, the window was supposed to open at 6:28 p.m. EST.

SpaceX stated that 48 satellites onboard the Falcon 9 rocket will become part of a constellation of thousands of mini-satellites that will eventually provide internet access around the world.

On Wednesday night a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket performed a static fire test ahead of the planned launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Also hitching a ride on the rocket were two Earth observation micro-satellites from BlackSky.