SpaceX launches military spy satellite, nails landing

The military spy satellite was successfully launched into the orbit, and SpaceX marked their tenth successful landing.

@LanaJelic
Published Mon, May 1 2017 2:26 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

After it postponed Saturday's launch due to sensor issue, SpaceX has successfully launched and landed yet another Falcon 9 rocket.

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A Falcon 9 rocket carrying NROL-76, a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, was launched on Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Around nine minutes after the launch, the rocket safely returned to Earth.

The military spy satellite was successfully launched into the orbit, and SpaceX marked their tenth successful landing. The company landed their first rocket in December 2015, and just last month, they successfully launched and landed an already used Falcon 9 rocket, which was the first time in history that an already used rocket has been launched again.

Elon Musk believes that reusable rockets are the key to space exploration. He recently said that the company's next goal is to land and re-launch the same rocket within 24 hours.

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The company stated that they are planning to launch a handful more used rockets this year.

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