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Photographers set up remote cameras preparing to cover the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launch at complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, July 17, 2016. The Falcon 9 scheduled to liftoff early Monday, is headed to the International Space Station with 5,000 pounds of supplies. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Second time's a charm? SpaceX launched its first mission since last year's explosion.


We have liftoff

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

The two-stage rocket was scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.

SpaceX officials believe they have identified all possible causes of the Sept. 1 accident and taken corrective action.

SpaceX confirms its liftoff was a success.

Space X is posting updates of the launch on its Twitter page.

What's next?

The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, a California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion.

SpaceX also intends to try to land the rocket’s first stage on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg about eight minutes after liftoff.

It has had six previous successful landings.

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--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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