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SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 on Friday on the Starlink Mission from Cape Canaveral in the Predawn Hours

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Friday morning brightened the predawn darkness two hours before sunrise.

Launch Complex 40 saw the early-bird Starlink 6-47 mission lift off at 5:12 a.m. EDT, delivering a further payload of 23 Starlink broadband satellites into the company’s continuously growing low-Earth orbit constellation.

Argentina is now the seventh country in South America and the 72nd nation worldwide with access to Starlink high-speed internet service, according to a tweet last week from SpaceX executives.

After the rocket stage separation on Friday, the 14th mission of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster was completed when it landed atop the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean. According to SpaceX, the booster has already launched nine Starlink missions, CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1, SES-18, and SES-19.

A second Friday launch by SpaceX was planned for California: Twenty-one Starlink satellites, including six with direct-to-cell capability, were supposed to be launched by a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:31 p.m.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, retweeted a highlight video from the March 14 Starship test flight from Boca Chica, Texas, on Friday morning during the early-dawn Florida countdown, stating, “Flight 4 next month.”

Air Force officials in Brevard County are currently working on an environmental impact statement that will analyse SpaceX’s proposal to transform Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Base into a Starship-Super Heavy launch pad by 2026. Last month, Cocoa, Titusville, and Cape Canaveral held public open houses to get feedback from the general public over the enormous rocket system.

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