Watch SpaceX launch Starlink satellites just before Florida sunrise

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Update: Liftoff of SpaceX’s 45th Starlink mission at 5:42 a.m. ET! The rocket successfully took 53 internet satellites to Earth orbit and landed its booster on a drone ship, completing its 12th flight to date. Unfortunately, the post-launch “jellyfish effect” wasn’t visible from most sites near KSC due to clouds.

Follow live as SpaceX targets 5:42 a.m. ET Friday, May 6, for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 53 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This morning’s window is instantaneous, meaning Falcon 9 must fly on time or delay to no earlier than Sunday.

After liftoff, the 230-foot rocket will target a landing on the Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9 will fly toward the northeast.

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