SpaceX launches 46 new Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX launched its next round of Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit

aboard a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from the Vandenberg Space Force Center in California on Friday afternoon.

The Elon Musk-owned private space company plans to add 46 new satellites to its constellation of small satellites around the world

"Starlink is on the leading edge of on-orbit debris mitigation, meeting or exceeding all regulatory and industry standards," SpaceX said in a statement.

"At end of life, the satellites will utilize their onboard propulsion system to deorbit over the course of a few months.

On Tuesday, SpaceX launched 52 Starlink communication satellites from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX has launched more than 2,800 satellites into orbit since its first 60 satellites on May 24, 2019.