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Spacex launches mini satellites


Spacex launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage.

The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unpreceden­ted fourth flight of a booster for Spacex. The compact flat-panel satellites — 575 pounds each — will join 60 launched in May.

Spacex wants to put thousands of these Starlink satellites in orbit, to offer high-speed internet service everywhere. It plans to start service next year in the northern U.S. and Canada, with global coverage for populated areas after 24 launches.

Employees gathered at company bases on both coasts cheered when the first-stage booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic. “These boosters are designed to be used 10 times. Let’s turn it around for a fifth, guys,” the company’s launch commentato­r said.

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