Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

SpaceX’s 19th launch in 2018 saw a successful third-time used Falcon 9 launch 64 payloads to orbit for the Spaceflight SSO-A Small Sat Express mission. Image SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on December 3, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. PST.

In the first of two rocket launches planned this week from Vandenberg, the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 10:34 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base.

The mission is billed as the "largest dedicated rideshare mission on a US launch vehicle".

SpaceX has worked for years to ideal the reuse of its rockets to slash the cost of space missions, landing the first stage of the rockets either back on land near the original launch site or on barges floating in the ocean.

This mission also marks a first for SpaceX: It's the first time the company has sent the same first-stage booster into space three times.

In sending the SSO-A payloads on their way, SpaceX set a few records in the process. "Carrying 64 payloads, this mission represented the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launch vehicle to date".

Reusability is a key priority for SpaceX, which aims to re-fly its space vehicles frequently and repeatedly.

At the stroke of midnight on Monday, Elon Musk-led USA space agency SpaceX successfully launched India's first privately built satellite ExseedSAT 1 along with 63 other satellites from 18 countries.

Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations from 17 countries. "Nothing wrong with a little swim".

"Standing down from tomorrow's launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage". Spaceflight is expected to share updates about the remaining payloads.

"We are committed to delivering superior satellite connectivity, and today's launch is a valuable step in developing our direct-to-orbit communications capability", co-founder and CTO Dr David Haley said.

The latest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, called Block 5, is created to fly as many as 100 times before retirement, and up to 10 times without significant refurbishment between flights.

SmallSat Express mission involves SpaceX putting 71 small satellites into orbit, including two art exhibits. It's not the largest launch ever - The Verge noted that an Indian rocket carried 104 satellites into orbit.

That particular milestone will go a long way to realizing SpaceX's dream of making spaceflight more affordable.

The massive influx of new satellites into low-Earth orbit poses hard questions for the space sector, particularly when it comes to orbital debris.

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