SpaceX now has USA permission to fly 4,425 satellites in a swarming constellation to deliver internet service to consumers below-more than tripling the number of active satellites in orbit around the earth.
The company won't be recovering its rocket today, but it will try to capture part of the vehicle's nose cone - the bulbous payload fairing that surrounds the satellites during launch.
Friday is exactly one year to the day after SpaceX's first used Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off at 7:13:51 a.m. PDT (10:13:51 a.m. EDT; 1413:51 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg.
For Friday's launch, a ship, named Mr. Steven, went out to sea where it waited and attempted to catch half of the fairing with its giant net.
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SpaceX has already mastered the ludicrously complex maneuver of guiding a first-stage rocket booster back to Earth. SpaceX originally launched 10 Iridium satellites in January 2017, then again in June, October, and December 2017.
The newest satellites have communicated with ground controllers and will undergo testing before being declared operational, Iridium representatives said. That means it will need a grand total of eight launches to get them all into space, so it won't be very long until we hear about the next one.
"This truly is a testament to the trust our partners and customers have in our network, which is only going to continue growing as the deployment of the Iridium Next constellation nears completion", he added. The mobile voice and data communications company's final launches of this $3 billion satellite replacement project are expected to happen by the end of 2018.
Starting an hour after launch, the satellites were released one by one approximately every 100 seconds, taking about 15 minutes to successfully complete delivery.
SpaceX space mega-giant company on Friday gave a big surprise to the world. Another used Falcon 9 rocket will launch an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship, which has also flown previously, to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.