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SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites on its second spaceflight in a day

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 23 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Florida tonight (Oct. 21) on the company’s second mission of the day.

The Falcon 9 is lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday at 10:17 p.m. EDT (0217 GMT on Oct. 22).

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage is seen on the deck of company’s the droneship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” after returning to Earth from the launch of 23 Starlink satellites on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023.  (Image credit: SpaceX (via

The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth for a vertical landing tonight, touching down about 8.5 minutes after launch on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

It was the fourth flight for this rocket’s first stage, according to the mission description.

The 23 Starlink satellites are scheduled to deploy from the Falcon 9’s upper stage about 65.5 minutes after launch.

Tonight’s launch was the second of the day for SpaceX. The company launched 21 Starlink satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base early this morning.

Starlink is SpaceX’s megaconstellation in low Earth orbit, which provides internet service to customers around the world. There are currently almost 4,900 operational Starlink satellites, and the number continues to grow.

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