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SpaceX launches Starlink, BlackSky satellites
Posted: Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 5:09 PM ET (2109 GMT)
Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites, early Aug 2020 (SpaceX) SpaceX launched another set of Starlink satellites, and two BlackSky imaging satellites, early Friday. The Falcon 9 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:12 am EDT (0512 GMT) and deployed the two BlackSky satellites a little more than an hour after liftoff, followed by 57 Starlink satellites a half-hour later. The rocket's first stage, making its fifth flight, landed on a droneship successfully, but SpaceX was unable to catch the two payload fairing halves. The launch had been delayed several times since late June, which SpaceX said was caused by weather and payload issues, and not problems with the rocket itself.
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