VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. –
A SpaceX rocket carried 53 satellites for the Starlink internet constellation into orbit on Friday after blasting off from California.
The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07 p.m., and minutes later the first stage landed on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean while the second stage continued to low Earth orbit .
SpaceX then tweeted that the satellites had been successfully deployed.
Starlink is a space system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.
SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., has hundreds of Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers).