SpaceX sends 23 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit

By Mike Heuer

April 23 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched 23 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit Tuesday evening from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Liftoff occurred at 6:17 EDT with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sending the payload of 23 Starlink satellites into orbit.


The Falcon 9 rocket's first-stage booster landed on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after separating from the rocket's second stage and its payload.

The entire mission was scheduled to take about an hour and 5 minutes to complete from launch to satellite deployment.

The mission was the ninth flight for the first-stage booster that previously completed five Starlink satellite-deployment missions and three other missions.

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