• SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from KSC, lands on drone ship

    SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from KSC, lands on drone ship

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    SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, lands at Cape

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    SpaceX launches satellite size of a double-decker bus

  • SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, nails landing

    SpaceX launches Falcon 9 from KSC, nails landing

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    Atlas V rocket blasts off on mission with Cygnus spacecraft

  • SpaceX launches, lands 'flight proven' Falcon 9

    SpaceX launches, lands ‘flight proven’ Falcon 9

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    Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center

    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center

  • Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape

    Falcon 9 blasts off from KSC, lands at Cape

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    Atlas V rocket blasts off with missile detection satellite

SpaceX on Sunday will attempt to pull off its quickest turnaround between two missions when it launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Just two days after a previously flown Falcon 9 launched from Kennedy Space Center with the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite and landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, teams will attempt to vault an identical rocket from the West Coast with 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The 4:25 p.m. Eastern time mission will attempt a drone ship landing, also marking the shortest time between two landing attempts for SpaceX.

Friday’s BulgariaSat-1 mission from KSC successfully delivered the country’s first geostationary satellite to its intended orbit after a 3:10 p.m. launch from pad 39A. It landed on the East Coast drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You,” about eight-and-a-half minutes later and should arrive at Port Canaveral by next week.

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On the West Coast, weather won’t be an issue for Sunday’s attempt – an update from Vandenberg described conditions as 100 percent “go.” The West Coast drone ship, known as “Just Read the Instructions,” will play host for the landing attempt.

SpaceX staffs independent launch teams on both coasts, but personnel can remotely support missions without having to travel. Teams in California, for example, were on console to support Friday’s launch from KSC, and the reverse will be true for Sunday’s launch.

SpaceX is targeting no earlier than July 4 for its next Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center with an Intelsat communications satellite, though the date has not yet been confirmed. There will, however, be no landing attempt due to the amount of fuel needed to deliver the satellite to orbit.

Contact Emre Kelly at [email protected] or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter at  and on Facebook at .

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