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SpaceX on track for Friday launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Feb 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-17 12:08:13-05

The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base is planned for Friday.

The launch, which will deploy 51 Starlink satellites, is set for liftoff at 11:12 a.m.

It will be SpaceX's third launch from Vandenberg this year.

Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service designed to reach rural and remote communities.

Following stage separation, SpaceX plans to land the rocket's first stage booster on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The same booster was previously used to launch Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, DART, and six Starlink missions.

If for some reason the launch is delayed, the base plans to try the launch on Saturday at 10:58 a.m.

A live stream of the launch will begin about five minutes before liftoff.