SpaceX launches 10 satellites into orbit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California yesterday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

They're for Iridium Communications, which plans to put in place 75 new satellites for its mobile voice and data communications system by mid-2018, requiring six more launches, all by SpaceX. 

The Iridium program also will bring an end to so-called "Iridium flares," which space enthusiasts have observed for years.

The new satellites will not create visible flashes of reflected sunlight as they passed overhead.

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