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SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches its 23rd set of Starlink satellites at 4:28 a.m. Wednesday from  Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches its 23rd set of Starlink satellites at 4:28 a.m. Wednesday from  Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

ORLANDO, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink broadband communications satellites before dawn on Wednesday, from Florida.

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites occurred at Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The weather was cooperative for the 23rd Starlink mission.

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"Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed," Space tweeted.

"This was the sixth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously supported launch of GPS-III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and three Starlink missions," the company added. "One half of Falcon 9's fairing supported the Sentinel-6A mission and the other supported a previous Starlink mission."

There was no room for delay on the Starlink launch because the company targets a specific orbit.

To date, SpaceX has already launched 1,000 Starlink spacecraft and is selling ground-based receiver antennas and subscription service at $99 per month.

The Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster for the mission has been launched five times, including on three Starlink missions.

SpaceX will attempt to recover the booster again on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. The company set a record March 14 by flying one booster for the ninth time.

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