Liftoff! SpaceX rocket launch deploys 6 satellites

July 14, 2014 5:45 PM

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Liftoff! SpaceX rocket launch deploys 6 satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and successfully delivered six commercial communications satellites to orbit for Orbcomm Inc.

SpaceX also said it flew the 224-foot rocket's first stage back to a splashdown zone in the Atlantic Ocean in the company's latest test aimed at developing a reusable booster, but the stage apparently did not survive fully intact.

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