SpaceX later tweeted that the satellites had been successfully deployed.
A SpaceX rocket launched 53 satellites from the Starlink Internet constellation into orbit on Friday after lifting off from California.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07 p.m., and minutes later, the first stage landed on an unmanned ship in the Pacific Ocean, while the second stage continued into low orbit. from the earth.
SpaceX later tweeted that the satellites had been successfully deployed. Starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring Internet access to underserved areas of the world.
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has hundreds of Starlink satellites in orbit around Earth at a height of 340 miles (550 kilometers).