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Liftoff came five days late, first because of predicted high winds and then an additional day to allow unspecified inspections of the Falcon 9's second stage.

Despite some hiccups, the third Falcon 9 trip is a major milestone for SpaceX.

The Falcon rocket launch at Vandenberg has encountered assorted delays related to technical troubles and unfavorable weather since November 19.

'It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from global organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India, " according to Spaceflight Industries. No SpaceX rocket has yet flown more than two missions.

Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies.

The Falcon 9 rocket launch, most recently planned for Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, has been delayed until at least Monday, Space Exploration Technologies officials announced Saturday night.

Previous SpaceX launches from Vandenberg have created impressive light shows over the Southland and the entire southwestern United States. The first stage landed on the company's drone ship, called Just Read the Instructions, stationed in the Pacific Ocean about seven minutes later.

Now, SpaceX and its workhorse vehicle is ready to set the record for most satellites launched by a single American rocket.

SpaceX's goal is to drastically reduce the cost of a launch by reusing the hardware, a feat its competitors long thought was impossible or uneconomical.

Team V is scheduled to support launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Dec. 2, with a launch window of 10:32 a.m. PST to 11:01 a.m. PST.

Among the satellites crammed into the payload stack was an Australian-built device that will connect remote devices to the internet, and a pair of SkySats-one from the US and one from Finland-that'll be used to track planes and ships. Full deployment into low Earth orbit is expected to take six hours.


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