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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral

The launch window is at 5:27 p.m. with a backup opportunity is available on Saturday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There's nothing like a rocket launch to kick off the weekend!

On Friday, SpaceX launched Falcon 9 launch of 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III Space Vehicle 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, one Starlink mission, and most recently the Ax-1 mission on April 8, 2022. 

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will return to Earth and land on the 'Just Read the Instructions' droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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