SpaceX launches 53 more Starlink satellites

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SpaceX launched 53 Starlink broadband satellites from Kennedy Space Center at 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT) on Friday.

On its 12th journey to space, the booster landed safely on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic.

SpaceX technicians at Cape Canaveral raised the Falcon 9 rocket vertical Thursday from its hangar.

The launch team will begin loading kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the Falcon 9 at T-minus 35 minutes.

The rocket will be pressurized with helium. The Falcon 9's Merlin main engines will be thermally conditioned for flight during the final seven minutes of the countdown.

At 5:42 a.m., the Falcon 9's guidance and range safety systems will be configured.

The 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will steer northeast over the Atlantic Ocean, generating 1.7 million pounds of thrust from nine Merlin engines.

After a minute at sound speed, the rocket's nine main engines will shut off.

The booster will deploy titanium grid fins to help direct the vehicle back into the atmosphere.

Two braking fires will slow the rocket for a 400 mile (650 km) downrange landing on the drone ship.

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