UPDATED: SpaceX Starlink launched its expansive satellite mission from Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on Tuesday.
SpaceX’ prior attempts to launch had been scrubbed in the final seconds but it was “all systems go” as the Falcon 9, which previously delivered astronauts to the ISS last May, had success in the early morning hours.
Weather was good at 7:31 a.m. EDT in Florida, spare for some cumulus clouds and the Falcon 9 got off cleanly to deliver its payload.
Following the launch, the Falcon 9 first stage landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship. It was the 61st successful recovery for SpaceX and fourth liftoff and recovery of the booster.
The mission was to deliver the 13th overall batch of Starlink Satellites on the twice-flown Falcon 9 Booster.