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Space-X's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The two-stage rocket lifted off to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc. About nine minutes later, the first stage returned to Earth and landed successfully on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg. (Matt Hartman via AP)

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SpaceX is planning to launch a Iridium-4 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Falcon 9 will carry aloft 10 communications satellites for the Iridium Next commercial constellation, marking the second such mission for the rocket's first stage: That booster was part of the Falcon 9 that launched 10 Iridium Next satellites this past June.

The communications company Iridium is therefore poised to become the first SpaceX customer ever to fly multiple missions with the same Falcon 9 first stage.

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