Liftoff! SpaceX deploys more Starlink satellites after early morning rocket launch

SpaceX said it successfully deployed 23 new Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit early Wednesday.


A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites lifted off at 1:40 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Following the launch, SpaceX also confirmed a successful booster landing on droneship “Just Read the Instructions,” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX said it was the second flight for the first stage booster supporting the mission.

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The company said it was used previously to help launch Crew-8.

Starlink satellites are used to increase broadband internet capability to locations throughout the world.

It was the second rocket launch in less than 13 hours from Florida’s Space Coast.

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