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SpaceX Launches 80th Orbital Mission of the Year, Carrying 23 Starlink Satellites

On November 7, 2023, at 11:01 p.m. EST (04:01 GMT on November 8), SpaceX achieved its 80th orbital mission of the year with the successful launch of the Starlink Group 6,27 mission. This launch, which carried 23 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit, took place from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) in Florida.

Following liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage performed a precise landing back on Earth at SpaceX's Autonomous Ship, located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 9 minutes after launch.

The Starlink satellites are part of SpaceX's growing constellation in low Earth orbit, which aims to provide high-speed internet access to people globally. These satellites are launched in batches of 23-34 at a time. SpaceX's ambitious plan involves launching a total of 42,000 satellites to ensure worldwide coverage.

SpaceX's rapid pace of Starlink satellite launches continues, and the company is on target to complete over 100 missions in 2023. This constellation promises to deliver high-speed internet access to individuals in remote and underserved regions across the globe, bridging the digital divide.

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