A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches new Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX launched its latest batch of satellites Thursday night (December 28) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The 23 Starlink Broadband Internet spacecraft were lifted into low Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 11:01 PM EDT (0401 GMT Friday, December 29).

However, this wasn't SpaceX's only mission today. The company also launched the Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the secretive X-37B spaceplane earlier in the evening.

Related: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches the US Space Force's mysterious X-37B spaceplane after delays

The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits aboard the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” drone after the launch of the new Starlink satellites on Thursday, December 28, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX via X)

The Starlink launch (known as 6-36) was the company's 98th and final launch planned for the year.

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