Falcon 9 succeeds in middle-of-the-night launch

May 6, 2016 7:19 AM

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Falcon 9 succeeds in middle-of-the-night launch

A Japanese communications rode a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral early Friday, reaching an on-target orbit as the launcher’s first stage booster nailed a high-speed landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean, logging another achievement for SpaceX’s cost-cutting reuse initiative.

The successful satellite deployment marks the Falcon 9’s fifth consecutive flawless flight in less than five months, and the rocket’s 24th mission overall.

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