SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Carrying Starlink Demo satellites

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018. Picture taken February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Thom Baur - HP1EE2719SYPM

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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying Starlink demo satellites. SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base; it is the first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early on the Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend.

The launch was merely designed to bring the PAZ satellite to orbit (which was deployed as planned into a low Earth, sun-synchronous polar orbit), a satellite for a Spanish customer that’s designed to provide geo-communications and radar imaging for both the customers and the government. This launch had a secondary purpose also, however, and one that might ultimately be more important to SpaceX’s long-term goals.

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