SpaceX Launches 52 Starlink Satellites From California Base

VANDENBERG AIRSPACE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 52 Starlink internet satellites launched into orbit from California early Saturday.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Space Base on the coast at 4:41 a.m. and arced over the Pacific.


The first stage of the Falcon returned and landed on a SpaceX autonomous platform in the ocean. It was the 11th launch and recovery of the phase.

The second phase continued into orbit as the deployment of the satellites was confirmed, launch commentator Youmei Zhou said at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Starlink is a global satellite internet system that SpaceX has been developing for years to bring internet access to unserved areas around the world.

Saturday’s mission was the 34th launch of Starlink, a constellation of about 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit.

SpaceX is also scheduled to launch a Turkish communications satellite from Florida on Saturday at 10:58 p.m. ET.