SpaceX successfully launches and lands a Falcon 9 rocket in California (video)

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket From Space Force Base Vandenberg in Southern California on Wednesday night.

The rocket successfully lifted off from the base at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time carrying an array of Starlink satellites into orbit.

The launch was visible to viewers hundreds of miles away.

Wednesday’s launch was the rocket’s second attempt after a mission was aborted Tuesday night five seconds before its scheduled 10:25 p.m. takeoff time.

According to the company, 15 satellites were transferred to low Earth orbit during the mission on Wednesday night.

Starlink It is a SpaceX satellite network designed to bring low-cost Internet service to rural/remote communities.

After previous successful launches, Starlink now has more than 4,200 functional satellites orbiting Earth, According to CNET. The launches are part of the company’s goal to build a giant constellation of broadband satellites around the world.

After a phased separation after liftoff, the reusable Falcon booster is scheduled to land again on the drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You, in the Pacific Ocean.

This Falcon 9 rocket has completed nine takeoffs and landings to date.

The Falcon 9 is “the world’s first reusable orbital-class rocket,” according to SpaceX. The reusable ship is designed to safely carry people and payloads to Earth orbit and beyond.

To date, the entire Falcon 9 fleet has recorded 246 launches, 207 landings and 180 re-lights.

Update this story to see the full rocket launch in the video player above.

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