SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

Launch of Falcon 9 rocket in California postponed for extra checks of 2nd stage

The company tweeted that it's "working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3", after it conducted additional tests.

However, the Falcon 9's payload fairing - an enclosure that protected the satellites during launch - missed a landing net on the barge and ended up in the ocean.

SpaceX said the mission was "one of the most complex and intricate endeavors" for Seattle-based startup Spaceflight, the ride-share company that arranged passage for each satellite maker.

Spaceflight booked the Falcon 9 to launch 64 small so-called "smallsats" provided by 34 government and private-sector companies and organizations representing 17 nations, including the U.S. Defense Department, the Earth-observation company Planet, universities and even two art museums.

The mission illustrated the growing demand to launch small satellites, modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses - from internet service to supply chain monitoring.

Falcon 9 rocket is flying on its third mission, a first because no SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice.

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The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:34 a.m. Monday, arcing over the Pacific west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space.

First, it was SpaceX's 19th launch of the year, topping its previous annual record of 18, which was set last year.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX again postponed a planned launch of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday for a mission dubbed Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express.

SpaceX's goal is to drastically reduce the cost of a launch by reusing the hardware, a feat its competitors long thought was impossible or uneconomical. The rocket carried 64 satellites of various uses on what was billed as a "ridesharing" mission. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn't ready to retire yet.

Some of the satellites are aiming to build an internet network that could support smart devices. One sponsored a balloon that will inflate in orbit and be visible from the ground.

"The mission. signifies the company's first dedicated rideshare mission to a sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit", Spaceflight said in a statement.

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