SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink broadband satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Wednesday night.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched from the Space Launch Complex just before 12 a.m. ET and minutes later the rocket’s first stage landed on a drone ship named “Just Read the Instructions” off the coast of Florida, Space.com reported.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the 25th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network lifts off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., late Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
SPACEX GRANTED PERMISSION BY FCC TO FLY STARLINK SATELLITES IN LOWER ORBIT, DESPITE AMAZON, VIASAT OPPOSITION
The satellites deployed around 180 miles above the Earth, according to Spaceflightnow.com, which reported SpaceX has now launched more than 1,500 satellites into orbit.
The launch marked the company’s 25th batch of broadband satellites blasted into space.
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Last week, SpaceX launched four astronauts from Cape Canaveral headed for the International Space Station. It was the company’s third flight crew in less than a year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.