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SpaceX launches Starlink satellites from California

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket has carried 53 satellites for the Starlink internet constellation into orbit.

The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California Friday afternoon.

Minutes later, the first stage landed on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean.

The second stage continued toward low Earth orbit, and SpaceX later confirmed that all satellites had been deployed.

Starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has hundreds of Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles.

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