SpaceX resumes rocket launches by lofting cluster of iridium satellites

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. blasted a rocket with 10 commercial satellites into space Saturday, rebounding from a catastrophic accident more than four months ago that stunned the aerospace industry, grounded the company’s rockets and raised doubts about its reliability as a launch provider.

The trouble-free liftoff from central California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base just before 10 a.m. local time marked an important, high-stakes pivot for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s TSLA, +3.55% closely held company. SpaceX, as it is commonly called, is seeking to shore up confidence of commercial and U.S. government customers in its low-cost approach to providing space transportation.

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