Spacex Launches 60 More Satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) — SpaceX has launched 60 more internet satellites, each weighing slightly more than 485 pounds, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Monday, recycled for its fourth flight. As the first-stage booster flew to a vertical landing on an ocean platform, the Starlink satellites hurtled toward orbit to join 120 similar spacecraft launched last year. One of the new satellites is trying out a dark coating to lessen reflectivity. It’s a “first step” compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead. The launch made SpaceX the operator of the largest satellite fleet in space in history.

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