SpaceX launched and landed Falcon 9 rocket. PHOTOS+VIDEO

Two days after launching a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, SpaceX sent another mission into orbit Sunday from California’s Central Coast with 10 new satellites for Iridium’s voice and data relay network.

Censor.NET reports citing Spaceflight Now.

Like Friday's flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Falcon 9's first stage plunged back through the atmosphere and made a propulsive vertical landing on a barge stationed several hundred miles downrange from the launch site.

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The rocket was launched from a base in California. Photo Twitter.com/spacex

Sunday's mission began at 1:25:14 p.m. PDT (4:25:14 p.m. EDT; 2025:14 GMT), the instant when the Falcon 9 rocket could dispatch its 10 satellite passengers directly into one of the six orbital pathways populated by more than 60 Iridium communications spacecraft.

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After consuming most of its propellant, the first stage dropped away from the Falcon 9's upper stage to begin a descent toward a SpaceX barge in the Pacific Ocean.

The rocket will return to port in Southern California in a few days for inspections and possible reuse.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/v445456