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Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, launched its Falcon 9 rocket today, marking the company’s 19th launch this year. The rocket took off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base today at 1:31 p.m. EST, carrying 64 small satellites to orbit. Today’s mission, called SSO-A, was arranged by a Seattle-based company called Spaceflight and carried carried satellites from different companies, government agencies and universities. SSO-A is the self-proclaimed largest-ever “rideshare” mission by a U.S. launch provider. ___ The lower section of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched today had completed two previous missions, an important factor for SpaceX as they value rocket reusability. The company ultimately intends to schedule launches several times a week. Reusing hardware will be necessary in order to achieve this goal. ___ Photo: REUTERS | Joe Skipper: U.S, NEWS SPACEX ROCKET LAUNCH Dec 3 | Elon Musk's aerospace company, SpaceX, launches its Falcon 9 rocket today, marking the company's 19th launch this year. Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, launched its Falcon 9 rocket today, marking the company’s 19th launch this year. The rocket took off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base today at 1:31 p.m. EST, carrying 64 small satellites to orbit. Today’s mission, called SSO-A, was arranged by a Seattle-based company called Spaceflight and carried carried satellites from different companies, government agencies and universities. SSO-A is the self-proclaimed largest-ever “rideshare” mission by a U.S. launch provider. ___ The lower section of the Falcon 9 rocket that launched today had completed two previous missions, an important factor for SpaceX as they value rocket reusability. The company ultimately intends to schedule launches several times a week. Reusing hardware will be necessary in order to achieve this goal. ___ Photo: REUTERS | Joe Skipper

Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, launched its Falcon 9 rocket today, marking the company’s 19th launch this year. The rocket took o...

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