Falcon rocket with satellite for Taiwan launches from Vandenberg

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Launch officials say the Falcon 9 will place Taiwan's Formosat 5 scientific satellite into orbit.

The Formosat-5 satellite is being launched for Taiwan's National Space Organization from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The event will be streamed live.

The latest successful landing brings SpaceX's record to 15 successful recoveries in 20 attempts so far and its 9th successful landing this year.

He extended his congratulations and appreciation to the NSPO's Formosat-5 team and the SpaceX launch team for their efforts.

And this is actually good news for SpaceX as a business, as much as Musk may love to cultivate his relationship with the media.

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SpaceX has always been obsessed with reducing the cost of spaceflight by employing reusable rockets that can launch multiple missions.

But Spaceflight canceled that plan after the Formosat 5 launch faced years of delays in the aftermath of two Falcon 9 rocket failures that combined to ground SpaceX's fleet for almost a year.

The satellite is the first to be fully designed by Taiwan's space agency and is meant to advance the nation's space technology and scientific research while providing global imagery with a wide array of uses.

Original Story: A little over a week after its last launch, SpaceX is back at it with a rocket launch out of Vandenberg, California this afternoon. The company also plans to launch another used booster in September. 11 minutes 19 seconds after launch, FORMOSAT-5 was deployed into mission orbit. Eastern, at the beginning of a 42-minute launch window. The 450-kilogram spacecraft was the first such satellite built domestically by Taiwan, and succeeds Formosat-2, retired a year ago.

Vandenberg Air Force Base will launch a rocket carrying an earth observation satellite on Thursday, August 24. SpaceX's US-based rival, United Launch Alliance, has flown five rockets. The choice to land in the ocean has sparked curiosity among fans after photos suggested that SpaceX's West coast landing zone is complete and all necessary permits and environmental impact reviews have been successfully completed.

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