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SPACEX has launched its first rocket since a disastrous explosion during an attempted blast-off in September last year.

The 20-storey rocket launched from Florida’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 am local time (5.54pm GMT).

It is the first launch since a SpaceX rocket erupted into flame during an attempted launch in September last year.

Investigators determined a can of helium exploded during the ill-fated launch, which destroyed a rocket and satellite worth arounf £200million.

Today’s operation will deliver 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.

It is also the first flight in a backlog of dozens of missions since last autumn’s explosion.

About 10 minutes after the launch, the first stage of the rocket successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, a feat previously accomplished by four other returning Falcon rockets. SpaceX intends to reuse its rockets to cut costs.

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/