Spacex Returns To Flight With Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
The American SpaceX rocket company has resumed flights, launching a Falcon 9 vehicle from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast.
It is the first mission by the company since one of its vehicles exploded on the launch pad in September.
The return to operations sees SpaceX start to renew what was the original global handheld satellite phone network, run by Iridium.
A few minutes later, the first stage of the rocket landed successfully on a platform in the Pacific Ocean.
An hour and 15 minutes after launch, the mission was complete with the Iridium payload safely in orbit.
SpaceX must now follow through with a steady but rapid series of further flights.
January 16th, 2017