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SpaceX plans launch and rocket landing from California barge

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SpaceX plans launch and rocket landing from California barge

SpaceX plans launch and rocket landing from California barge

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen at Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 4 East with the Jason-3 spacecraft onboard, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in California. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

SpaceX is planning a launch and rocket landing from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday just before 11 a.m. local time.

SpaceX is using the launch to again try to land a Falcon 9 first stage on an oceangoing barge. The launch window opens at 10:42 a.m. PT.

Two previous attempts to land a rocket on a barge in the Atlantic failed, but last month SpaceX succeeded in returning a rocket to a vertical landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after putting a cluster of satellites into orbit.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s company hopes to reduce launch costs by reusing rockets rather than having them fall into the ocean.

If successful, the Falcon 9 will deliver the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The satellite is the latest in a series designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena like El Nino.

There is a back-up launch opportunity on Monday at 10:31am PT.

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