CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its first 60 Starlink satellites from Florida on Thursday night. Liftoff was at 10:30 p.m. in favorable weather conditions after two delays a week earlier due to upper-level winds.
The Starlink payload rode aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It reached low-Earth orbit where the satellites were to be distributed -- "like a deck of cards," SpaceX founder Elon Musk said. They will circle the earth about 550 kilometers or 341 miles above the surface.