SpaceX’s re­us­able rocket puts 10 satel­lites into or­bit

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LOS ANGELES | A SpaceX rocket car­ried 10 com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lites into or­bit from Cal­i­for­nia on Sun­day, two days af­ter the com­pany suc­cess­fully launched a satel­lite from Florida.

The Fal­con 9 rocket blasted off through low-ly­ing fog at 1:25 p.m. PDT from Van­den­berg Air Force Base north­west of Los Angeles. It car­ried a sec­ond batch of new satel­lites for Irid­ium Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which is re­plac­ing its or­bit­ing fleet with a next-gen­er­a­tion con­stel­la­tion of satel­lites.

About 7 min­utes af­ter liftoff, the rocket’s first-stage booster re­turned to earth and landed on a float­ing plat­form on a ship in the Pa­cific Ocean, while the rocket’s sec­ond stage con­tin­ued to carry the satel­lites to­ward or­bit.

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