SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket after launching Japanese satellite

August 14, 2016 1:28 PM

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SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket after launching Japanese satellite

SpaceX successfully landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship at sea early Sunday after the vehicle had sent a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

The California-based company's eighth launch this year was part of its ongoing effort to re-use costly rocket parts instead of jettisoning them into the ocean.

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