Cape Canaveral (AP) - A few days after a new SpaceX rocket exploded on a test flight landing, the space company launched a satellite for a US radio provider with a long-serving rocket version.

The unmanned "Falcon 9" rocket was launched on Sunday from the Cape Canaveral spaceport, the company announced on Twitter.

It was already the seventh flight for the first rocket stage, which this time again landed safely on a receiving ship.

The start was actually planned for Saturday, but was postponed by a day in order to carry out further tests, it was said.

Last week, the new unmanned SpaceX rocket "Starship" exploded after a test flight due to a problem with the fuel system on landing.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was nevertheless satisfied after the test in the US state of Texas: "We got all the data we need."

According to Musk's plans, “Starship” should someday transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars.

The rocket should be completely reusable.

In the current "Falcon" missiles, only some of the steps land back on earth to be used again.


A test by competitor Virgin Galactic also turned out differently than planned: The manned space plane “VSS Unity” was supposed to reach space on Saturday from the US state of New Mexico.

Instead, the two pilots had to land it back on earth after separating from the mother ship.

The company announced that the test should now be evaluated and a new one will follow soon.

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