SpaceX launches 20 Starlink satellites from California

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SpaceX launched another batch of its Starlink broadband satellites from California on Tuesday night (June 18), ending a 10-day spaceflight drought for the company.

A Falcon 9 rocket topped with 20 Starlink spacecraft, including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities, lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Tuesday at 11:40 p.m. EDT (8:40 p.m. local California time; 0040 GMT on June 19).

About 8.5 minutes later, the Falcon 9’s first stage touched down on the SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You, which was stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rests on the deck of a ship at sea shortly after launching 20 Starlink satellites from California on June 18, 2024. (Image credit: SpaceX)

It was the fifth launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.

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