SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. local time carrying a payload for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.The satellites were deployed about an hour after launch.SpaceX announced this month that investigators concluded the accident involved a failure of one of three helium tanks inside the rocket's second-stage liquid oxygen tank.
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