There were an estimated 1,459 operating satellites orbiting Earth at the end of 2016, and the 4,425 satellites in SpaceX's planned initial launch would be three times that many.
That's right. There will (assumingly) be no first stage landing attempt after this launch.
This was the fourth SpaceX booster landing at Cape Canaveral; even more have landed on an ocean platform.
The commercial rocket Falcon 9, owned by Elon Musk, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, reports the CNN.
Details of what the government satellite will be used for are classified.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket won US Air Force certification for national security space missions in May 2015, breaking a lock long-held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.
SpaceX had scheduled to launch Falcon 9 rocket Sunday morning.
Seven minutes after liftoff, the first-stage rocket booster separated from the upper stage and fired its engines again. Landing, refurbishing and reusing rockets is key to the company's vision of making space travel increasingly affordable.
However, similar to other NRO launches, it is nearly impossible to get details about the final destination or the intentions of this satellite. Satellites will beam directly to gateway stations and terminals at customers' homes, a strategy that will greatly reduce the amount of infrastructure needed on the ground, particularly in rural and remote areas, she said.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida on Monday, carrying the company's first satellite for the United States military, and breaking a 10-year monopoly held by a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
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