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SpaceX recorded a record high number of rocket launches by private companies in a year. This is only May.

The rocket was launched on Friday night, marking SpaceX’s 18th anniversary this year and a record for a private company.

After the rocket exploded from California, it put 53 satellites for the Starlink Internet constellation into orbit.

The Falcon 9 booster took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:07 pm, and a few minutes later, the first stage landed on a Pacific drone and the second stage went low earth orbit.

SpaceX later tweeted that the satellite was successfully deployed.

Starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has built over the years to provide Internet access to poorly serviced areas of the world.

Based in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX has hundreds of Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers).

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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SpaceX recorded a record high number of rocket launches by private companies in a year. This is only May.

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