SpaceX launches rocket carrying 64 satellites

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'Eight of the satellites on board a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be from companies hoping to build a truly global Internet of Things by revolutionizing satellite communications, ' Wired reported.

Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies.

After the launch, the Falcon 9's first-stage booster returned to earth as planned, landing on a ship off the coast of southern California, according to a live video of the flight.

The mission, once planned for November 19, has encountered multiple delays to give the team more time for pre-launch work and because of rainy weather, SpaceX officials said.

The spacecraft carrying dozens of small satellites lifted off Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The same booster was used in the first Block 5 launch (the final version of the Falcon 9 created to fly up to 100 times) in May and then again in August.

SpaceX's goal is to drastically reduce the cost of a launch by reusing the hardware, a feat its competitors long thought was impossible or uneconomical.

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SpaceX also says it'll attempt to recover the fairing, or nose cone, of the rocket using its giant net-on-a-ship approach.

'It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from global organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India, " according to Spaceflight Industries. The rocket carried 64 satellites of various uses on what was billed as a "ridesharing" mission.

Monday's mission will be SpaceX's 19th launch of the year.

"It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from worldwide organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India", according to Spaceflight Industries. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn't ready to retire yet.

They included Australia-based Fleet Space Technologies, which aims to connect remote devices to the internet via satellite.

"The mission. signifies the company's first dedicated rideshare mission to a sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit", Spaceflight said in a statement.

About half an hour after launch, SpaceX confirmed that four satellites were deployed from the payload stack.

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