Live coverage: SpaceX launches 53 more Starlink satellites

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At 5:42 a.m., SpaceX launched another batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. From the Kennedy Space Center, EDT (0942 GMT) on Friday


 The booster nailed its landing on SpaceX‚Äôs drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, completing its 12th journey to space.

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The Falcon 9 rocket was wheeled from its hangar to pad 39A and lifted vertically by SpaceX on Thursday. The launch team will use an automated

computer-controlled sequencer to load kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the Falcon 9 starting at T-minus 35 minutes.

The rocket will also be pressurised using helium

The Merlin main engines of the Falcon 9 will be thermally conditioned for flight during the final seven minutes of the countdown, a practise known as "chilldown."

The guidance and range safety systems on the Falcon 9 will also be set for launch at 5:42 a.m.

The Falcon 9 rocket, which is 229 feet (70 metres) tall and is powered by nine Merlin engines, will steer northeast over the Atlantic Ocean.

After reaching the speed of sound, the rocket will shut down its nine main engines two and a half minutes after liftoff.

 The booster will disconnect from the vehicle and fire pulses from cold gas control thrusters before extending titanium grid fins to help steer it back into the atmosphere.

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