A SpaceX rocket carried 53 satellites for the Starlink internet constellation into orbit on Friday after blasting off from California.
The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07 p.m., and minutes later the first stage landed on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean, while the second stage continued toward low Earth orbit.
SpaceX Later tweeted that the satellites were successfully deployed.
starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring Internet access to under-served areas of the world.
Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX has hundreds of Starlink satellites that orbit Earth at an altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers).
SpaceX recently announced That its Starlink internet service will now be available in 32 new countries. It shared an availability map for the service, showing different sections such as available, waiting lists and countries coming soon. Most countries in Europe and North America are listed under Available, while some regions in South America are waiting lists, meaning these regions are readied to ship Starlink service. Most of the newly added countries fall under the coming soon category, which includes all of Africa, South America, and South and Southeast Asia.
Starlink Internet service will be expanded to more countries including India. However, in India, the service is yet to receive commercial licenses. SpaceX originally planned To launch the service in India and provide full coverage by the end of 2021. The new availability map does not specify any timeline for the countries where internet service has been asked to start.