The Latest: SpaceX launches satellites from California base

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The Latest on a satellite launch from California (all times local):

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1:35 p.m.

SpaceX has succeeded in landing a Falcon 9 first-stage booster on a vessel in the Pacific after a launch from California.

The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. The first-stage booster landed about 7 minutes later.

The Falcon's second stage is continuing to carry the satellites toward orbit.

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1:30 p.m.

A SpaceX rocket has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in the second half of a weekend double-launch for the company.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off at 1:25 p.m. PDT Sunday from the coastal base.

It carried 10 more satellites for Iridium Communications, which is replacing its entire constellation with next-generation satellites.

On Friday, a Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was carrying a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit.

That launch re-used a Falcon 9 first stage that originally flew in January and was recovered after launching from Vandenberg with the first batch of Iridium NEXT satellites.

Iridium plans to launch 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018.

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8:30 a.m.

SpaceX is going for a weekend double-launch with a planned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California just two days after a successful satellite launch from Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off at 1:25 p.m. PDT Sunday from the coastal base carrying 10 more satellites for Iridium Communications. The company is replacing its entire constellation with next-generation satellites.

On Friday, a Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carried a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit.

That launch re-used a Falcon 9 first stage that originally flew in January and was recovered after launching from Vandenberg with the first batch of Iridium next-generation satellites.

Iridium plans to launch 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018.