KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Lighting up the night sky early Friday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, carrying another batch of internet satellies.
This early-morning launch not only sent up the latest batch of Starlink satellites, it gave a ride-share for two Earth imaging satellites from a company called Black Sky.
This is the 10th Starlink mission for SpaceX, which is creating a constellation of tens of thousands of mini-satellites to eventually provide high-speed internet access to underserved areas around the world.
SpaceX had postponed this latest Starlink mission at least twice, without providing many details as to why.
Earlier this week, SpaceX flew its one engine prototype Starship, a deep-space rocket last night at their Boca Chica, Texas facility. The spacecraft flew up to 500 feet on what's called a "hop," then came back to the pad in a controlled landing. Starship will eventually boast six engines on future missions.
Several more launches are planned for the coming months, including the Crew-1 mission in which Space will send four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. That launch is targeted for late September.