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Vandenberg Air Force Base (AP), California — The SpaceX rocket put 52 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit from California early Saturday.
The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket took off from the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:41 am and arced over the Pacific Ocean.
The first stage of the Falcon is back and landed on a SpaceX drone ship in the ocean. It was the 11th launch and recovery of the stage.
Youmei Zhou, launch commentator at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, said the second phase was in orbit and the satellite deployment was confirmed.
Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has built over the years to provide internet access to poorly serviced areas of the world.
Saturday’s mission was the 34th launch of Starlink, a constellation of nearly 2,000 satellites in low earth orbit.
SpaceX was also scheduled to launch a Turkish communications satellite from Florida at 10:58 pm EST on Saturday.
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