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Photos: Falcon 9 streaks into space, lands on drone ship
Falcon 9 succeeds in middle-of-the-night launch and landing
A Japanese communications satellite rode a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral early Friday, reaching an on-target orbit as the launcher’s first stage booster nailed a high-speed landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean, logging another achievement for SpaceX’s cost-cutting reuse initiative.
Photos: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on the pad at Cape Canaveral
Falcon 9 flight timeline with the JCSAT 14 satellite
Live coverage: Falcon 9 roars into orbit with Japanese satellite
A Falcon 9 rocket took off for its fourth flight of the year Friday with a middle-of-the-night mission for SKY Perfect JSAT, a Tokyo-based satellite operator. The JCSAT 14 communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT), and the rocket’s first stage booster made a successful landing at sea a few minutes later.