The mission illustrated the growing demand to launch small satellites, modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses - from internet service to supply chain monitoring.
It marked one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched and the most crowded single mission in United States history, according to Spaceflight, SpaceX's customer for the launch. No SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice.
Following separation, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage on a droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
The mission, once planned for November 19, has encountered multiple delays to give the team more time for pre-launch work and because of rainy weather, SpaceX officials said.
The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology.
Elon Musk's company launched the Falcon 9 at 10:30 a.m. PST after a series of delays triggered by bad weather and last-minute inspections for the rocket.
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SpaceX also says it'll attempt to recover the fairing, or nose cone, of the rocket using its giant net-on-a-ship approach.
The Falcon had an especially large payload for this mission, Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A: SmallSat Express made up of 64 CubeSats and micro satellites for assorted customers across the globe.
The Falcon 9 purchased by Spaceflight was the first fully dedicated to a smallsat "rideshare" mission using a single rocket to carry dozens of spacecraft to orbit that otherwise might have difficulty finding a ride to space.
Among the satellites crammed into the payload stack was an Australian-built device that will connect remote devices to the internet, and a pair of SkySats-one from the USA and one from Finland-that'll be used to track planes and ships. "Spaceflight's deployments are expected to occur over a period of six hours". One of these interstellar-bound objects will also pay tribute to Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African -American astronaut.
One such company, US-based Rocket Lab, became the first to reach orbit, and has notched two missions so far.