SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback

The Dragon is now making its way to the International Space Station, and is expected to arrive on Wednesday.

Last month SpaceX resumed flights by launching a Falcon 9 vehicle from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast.

It was the first mission by the company since one of its vehicles exploded on the launch pad in September.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants his company to be at the forefront of the race involving several companies to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years.

The company also has a long queue of customers all waiting for a ride to orbit - including America's civil space agency (Nasa), the US military and multiple outfits in the commercial sector.

But September's launch pad mishap was a spectacular reminder of just how unpredictable rockets can be sometimes.



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