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27 June 2017

(Carefully spacing satellites is critical to ensuring the full coverage Iridium hopes to provide.) This cargo-carrying modification will allow SpaceX to launch seventy-five satellites in total over eight flights between now and mid-2018.

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket company has launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in 48 hours, taking another step towards renewable space flight.

"Successful deployment of 10 IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed", SpaceX tweeted.

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Just a few minutes later, the rocket's first stage landed safely on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

That was just two days after a Falcon 9 rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carried a satellite for Bulgaria into orbit.

The primary mission was also a success, with SpaceX deploying the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit as of around 3:45 PM EDT. Shortly after the landing, though, Musk returned to Twitter to add that the rocket booster used "almost all of the emergency crush core", which helps soften the landing. If successful, it'll be the 13th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages, and the eighth time it's performed the feat at sea.

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This NASA TV video grab obtained June 5, 2017 shows the SpaceX Dragon seen seconds away from its capture with the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Iridium Next will conduct six more missions over the next year.

On board the 23-foot-tall rocket were the next batch of 10 Iridium Next satellites to build a second-generation constellation for the global communication system. Two launches contracted for two different companies with two different payloads and from two different launch sites were surely exhausting for launch team specialists.

In the process, it became the first booster to notch a launch from the West Coast and the East Coast.

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The new constellation should be ready to replace Iridium's existing network next year, representing one of the biggest satellite tech upgrades in history. "Good chance rocket booster doesn't make it back", Musk said.