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Fi­nally, a suc­cess story for Elon Musk. Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp. launched a com­mer­cial satel­lite for Te­le­sat from Florida, mark­ing the rocket com­pany’s 16th mis­sion of 2018, two years of un­in­ter­rupted achieve­ments. The launch, the 16th suc­cess­ful mis­sion of about 30 tar­geted this year, is a bright spot in an oth­er­wise tu­mul­tuous few months for CEO Elon Musk, who also heads Tesla Inc. Musk has had a rough time since his spur-of-the-mo­ment tweet about tak­ing the car­maker pri­vate, only to drop the idea a lit­tle more than two weeks later amid crit­i­cism, share­holder law­suits, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by fed­eral reg­u­la­tors. Early Mon­day, the Fal­con 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Com­plex 40 at Cape Canaveral. The rocket de­ployed the Tel­star 18 Van­tage satel­lite, which will ex­pand com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices in South­east Asia, Mon­go­lia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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