SpaceX launches Starlink from Florida; Crew 4 still waiting for Dragon

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from its perch at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday with dozens of internet satellites punching through a thick layer of clouds on their way to orbit

1:51 pm. EDT liftoff from Launch Complex 40 was delayed by about three hours due to strong winds in the area, but SpaceX teams had enough time in the window to wait for better conditions.

After liftoff to the northeast, the rocket completed its 12th mission with a successful landing on the Just Read the Instructables drone ship, located in the Atlantic Ocean.

Starlink Internet service for $99 per month - $499 per month for premium users - has secured over 250,000 users to date.

The constellation, which promises performance comparable to some ground-based options, has more than 2,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit and SpaceX intends to launch thousands more.

Since both Crew-4 and Axiom-1 astronauts are flying aboard Crew Dragon, NASA wants to review the data after the latter's splashdown.

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