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SpaceX Puts Ten Iridium Satellites Into Low-Earth Orbit (VIDEO)

© REUTERS / Mike BrownAn unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A Falcon 9 rocket with a reusable first stage and ten Iridium communication satellites on board blasted off Friday from a site in California.

The satellites were placed into low-earth orbit and returned "healthy signals" less than two hours after the launch, according to the company’s Twitter feed.

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"Successful deployment of 10 IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed," the spacecraft manufacturer, founded by inventor Elon Musk, announced.

The rocket was launched from Vandenberg air force base at 5:27 p.m. local time (01:27 GMT Saturday). This is the fourth time SpaceX launches a dozen of Iridium satellites to replace a constellation of more than 70 orbiting the Earth.

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