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Watch SpaceX launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket in a matter of minutes

Another launch is scheduled this week.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Oct 9, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 2:55 pm CDT

SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket on Monday morning, marking the 14th consecutive success this year.

The rocket was launched from Vandenberg, California and deployed 10 commercial Iridium satellites into low-Earth orbit. Iridium wants SpaceX to launch 75 of its rockets into orbit to create a group of 66 total telecom satellites with nine in-orbit spares.

This was the third batch to go out, with the rest to deploy in groups of 10 over the next year. The Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX’s “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship in the Pacific shortly after takeoff. Every attempt to land a Falcon 9 this year has been a success.

Here’s a video posted by SpaceX showing the launch (22:00) and landing (29:30).

This is the first of two launches the aerospace company has planned this week with another scheduled for Wednesday in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Again, it will attempt to launch a satellite into orbit, but this one will be used by communications companies EchoStar and SES. SpaceX’s next attempt will be just the third to use a recycled Falcon 9 rocket.

Elon Musk says he wants to launch 20 rockets by the end of this year.

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*First Published: Oct 9, 2017, 11:07 am CDT