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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket, Starlink satellites into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk’s new Starlink internet service. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 10:30 p.m. local time, clearing a key hurdle for a business venture that Musk hopes will generate much-needed cash for his larger ambitions in space. The launch came a week after two back-to-back countdowns for the mission were scrubbed – once due to high winds over the Cape and the next night in order to update satellite software and “triple-check” all systems. The 60 satellites flown into space were released ...
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