WATCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Launches Wednesday Night from Cape Canaveral

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Launch occurred at 9:25 p.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX successfully launched Starlink 7 mission on Wednesday for its eighth launch of Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX successfully launched Starlink 7 mission on Wednesday for its eighth launch of Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and two separate Starlink missions in May 2019 and in January 2020.

Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessels, “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief,” successfully recovered the two fairing halves.

The Starlink satellites deployed in an elliptical orbit approximately 15 minutes after liftoff. Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers conducted data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites were operating as intended.

Once the checkouts were complete, the satellites then used their onboard ion thrusters to move into their operational altitude of 550 km.

On this mission, SpaceX launched the first Starlink satellite with a deployable visor to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

SpaceX has scheduled their next rocket launch for Wednesday night from Cape Canaveral.  (SpaceX Image)

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