Falcon 9 Rocket Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Just 27 Days After Last Mission

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Falcon 9 Rocket Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Just 27 Days After Last Mission


HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) — Sixty more Starlink internet satellites were successfully launched into orbit early Thursday via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2021/02/04: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying approximately 60 Starlink satellites lifts off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The satellites are part of a constellation designed to provide broadband internet service around the globe. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 1:19 a.m. from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Thursday’s launch was the fifth for this Falcon 9, which last flew just 27 days ago – the quickest turnaround between missions for any SpaceX rocket.

After delivering the satellites into space, the rocket came back to Earth and landed successfully on the ship “Of Course I Still Love You.”

This morning’s launch was also the first of two nearly back-to-bank Starlink liftoffs – another 60 satellites are scheduled to go up early Friday morning on a different Falcon 9 rocket.

The satellites are part of SpaceX’s endeavor to deliver high-speed internet across the globe.

SpaceX is based in Hawthorne.

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