SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Space From Vandenberg

Los Angeles-based space rocket developer SpaceX completed its launch on Sunday, putting ten Iridium satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, just north of Santa Barbara. The launch, and landing, of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket followed an earlier, successful launch and landing in Florida on Friday of another rocket for SpaceX--an unprecedented back-to-back launch that demonstrates the progress SpaceX has made in terms of making delivering payloads to space an everyday occurance. SpaceX launched the latest Falcon 9 into orbit at 1:26 p.m. PDT, with the rocket's smoke trail visible from as far south as Los Angeles. The launch on Sunday is part of a contract to deliver a total of 75 satellites into orbit for Iridium.