FILE PHOTO: SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft is on launch pad 39A prior to the uncrewed test flight to the International space station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Thursday on a mission to make the first batch of five dozen small satellites in a low orbit around the Earth for its new Starlink internet service.
The rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in around 10:30 a.m. local time (0230 GMT Friday), marks a milestone in an international company focused on the generation of cash for Musk bigger ambitions in space.
Reporting by Joey Roulette in Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Written by Steve Gorman; Editing by Paul Tait