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The takeoff was the 16th SpaceX mission this year, technology website Ars Technica reported.

A new Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 at 12:45am, after more than an an hour's delay because of rain and lightning.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite into orbit early Monday morning (Sept. 10) before returning for a spectacular drone-ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite's lift-off was slated for July but was delayed several times, Cnet reports.

SpaceX ended a rare extended gap in launch activity September 10 with the successful launch of a communications satellite for Telesat, the second payload for that satellite operator in less than two months.

The first-stage booster lit up the launch pad as it quickly rose through the clouds, carrying the Telstar 18 Vantage satellite high above Earth. As part of the mission, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 on the West Coast, at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The droneship, which was named in honor of sci-fi author Iain Banks, is a remote landing platform for the rocket.

The latest addition to the fleet will replace Telesat's Telstar 18 satellite.

"The coverage of Telesat's newest satellite reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii...enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas", a release stated.

Once in operation, the satellite will provide Telesat and APT Satellite with C-band and Ku-band spectrum, boosting communications services for customers, including governments and broadcast providers, in the Asia-Pacific region. The next SpaceX mission is scheduled to launch October 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with Argentina's SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite.

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