Saturday, January 14, 2017

Video: Successfully launched SpaceX rocket reaches orbit, places satellites

The company’s first rocket since an accident in September lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday morning, has replaced Iridium Communications’ entire satellite network.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.


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