SpaceX set to launch satellites from California air base

The new fins are a bit heavier, but are designed for multiple re-uses as SpaceX seeks to more toward rapid reuse of its first stage booster.

For more, check out the the full Iridium-2 launch webcast (all 1.5 hours of it) below.

The second one - carrying a payload of 10 new satellites from Virginia-based telecommunications company Iridium - lifted off Sunday afternoon from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Then, just minutes later, and a few hundred miles down-range, the rocket's first stage landed on its floating "Of course I still love you' barge".

If you can't watch those two streams of SpaceX's triumph's not to worry.

Friday's first-stage looked to have a particularly rough landing, and appeared bent on the live video feed.

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Drone ships (SpaceX has two) are used when the mission being launched requires so much fuel there isn't enough left for a landing attempt back near the launch site.

The rocket's first stage made a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean, touching down as planned despite concerns that conditions were "marginal" for the landing because of winds. Musk even warned that there was a "good chance the rocket booster doesn't make it back".

Considered as the largest "tech upgrades" in history, the Iridium NEXT is replacing the world's largest commercial network of Low-Earth Orbit satellites.

Despite the delays, the car-size satellites being launched today have come a long way since they were first trucked in pairs from Phoenix to Vandenberg. Iridium NEXT is expected to enable new capabilities like global aircraft surveillance and tracking services, as well as a communications platform that the company anticipates will bring broadband speeds to remote locations of the globe. This rocket will be carrying an Iridium communications satellite into orbit.

The Falcon 9 rocket for the mission sported redesigned, larger titanium hypersonic grid fins created to withstand the heat of reentry without shielding and help guide the returning booster despite strong winds. But SpaceX did manage to safely recover the first stage after that launch, setting it up to fly again one day.

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