Spectacular images of the Falcon 9 launching ten next-generation Iridium satellites into orbit on SpaceX’s return to flight mission, January 14, 2017. Launch occurred at 9:54am PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The first stage of the rocket made a successful landing on the droneship Just Read the Instructions, marking the first time a rocket had been recovered following a west coast launch.
This launch also marked the first time SpaceX has visibly numbered their first stages, with the number 29 appearing at the bast of each landing strut. This will help visually identify each stage following recovery and for future reflights.
P/C: SpaceX, USAF.