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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites

Robert Besser
02 May 2021, 17:09 GMT+10

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Starlink, Elon Musk's satellite Internet service, successfully deployed 60 additional satellites into low-Earth orbit on April 28.

The 210-foot SpaceX rocket carrying the satellites was launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The satellites were deployed about one hour after liftoff, while reaching over 300 miles above the Earth's surface.

"Shortly they will deploy their solar array and over the next few days and weeks they will distance themselves from each other and use their on-board ion thrusters to make their way to their operational orbit," a spokesman said.

This latest launch was the 25th Starlink launch to put in orbit the satellite Internet system, which seeks to offer high-speed, low-latency Internet service worldwide through its network of satellites.

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