SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites in its 49th mission of 2022

SpaceX on Thursday launched 53 Starlink satellites in its 49th orbital mission of this year. The satellites, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, were launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The booster supporting the mission successfully returned to Earth and landed on a SpaceX drone ship, stationed in the Pacific Ocean, less than nine minutes after the launch.