SpaceX launched and landed another one of its Falcon 9 rockets

SpaceX launched and landed another one of its Falcon 9 rockets

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully launched another satellite, FORMOSAT-5, into outer space and right after ten minutes, the booster landed vertically on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

Formosat-5 was originally contracted to launch aboard Falcon 1, SpaceX's first orbital launch vehicle.

"This is the 15th successful landing of a Falcon 9", Lyons said on the live webcast, as cheers erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. Formosat 5's launch was shuffled later in SpaceX's manifest for unexplained reasons.

The National Space Organization (NSPO) spent six years and about NT$5.65 billion (US$186.8 million at the current exchange rate) developing Formosat-5, which is to replace the decommissioned Formosat-2 in collecting data for disaster evaluation, national security and scientific research during its five-year mission. The satellite also carries a secondary Advanced Ionospheric Probe instrument built by Taiwan's National Central University.

Formosat 2 was retired past year, well after Formosat 5 was originally scheduled for launch.

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In a video clip, President Tsai Ing-wen said the successful launch represented a "big leap" in Taiwan's space technology and urged scientists to continue working to make more breakthroughs.

The launch also features another landing of the Falcon 9 first stage, in this case on a droneship called "Just Read the Instructions" in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX has been working to ideal its system of recovering rockets for reuse in future missions, saving millions of dollars in costs.

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 next Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled for September 30 with the third batch of 10 next-generation voice and data relay satellites for Iridium.

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