SpaceX to launch Starlink satellites from California with Falcon 9


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink satellites Friday from California.

The Falcon 9 launch of 51 Starlink satellites, initially set for no earlier than 5:50 p.m. EST Thursday, was pushed back to 1:38 p.m. EST Friday due to unfavorable weather conditions, WKMG in Orlando reported.

The satellites launched from the Space Launch Complex 4 East at California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, the company said in a release.

According to SpaceX officials, the satellites will be sent into low-Earth orbit and the Falcon 9′s first stage will land on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The first-stage booster supporting the mission has also launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3 and two Starlink missions, according to SpaceX.

The launch follows the Crew-6 mission, which successfully took off early Thursday from Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County.

The Florida launch sent NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev toward the International Space Station in a Dragon spacecraft.

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Samantha started at WKMG-TV in September 2020. Before joining the News 6 team, Samantha was a political reporter for The Villages Daily Sun and has had freelance work featured in the Evansville Courier-Press and The Community Paper. When not writing, she enjoys travelling and performing improv comedy.