SpaceX launch planned Thursday at Vandenberg AFB

The second stage Merlin 1D vacuum engine ignites for an approximately 6-minute burn to inject the Jason 3 satellite into a parking orbit

The launch was also a milestone for SpaceX, which has now successfully launched 12 rockets this year.

Formosat-5 is the first satellite to be fully designed by Taiwan's space agency and is meant to advance the nation's space technology and scientific research while providing global imagery with a wide array of uses ranging from natural resource studies to disaster management. The 42-minute launch window opens at 2:51pm ET.

In another Facebook post before the launch, Tsai said FormoSat-5 was carrying Taiwanese technology as well as Taiwanese dream.

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An Earth-observation satellite for Taiwan's National Space Organization was launched into orbit from California on Thursday.

The satellite is equipped with multiple cameras, along with an Advanced Ionospheric Probe developed by Taiwan's National Central University. However, Spaceflight announced in March that it had made a decision to find alternative rides for those secondary payloads because of "significant" delays it expected in the Formosat-5 launch. The company began reusing its boosters this year - its first successful booster landing was in December 2015 - in an effort to cut down on launch costs. The first stage successfully separated from the second shortly after take-off, and then returned as planned under a controlled descent to SpaceX's drone barge ship in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the U.S. SpaceX has recovered nine boosters thus far in 2017, including the one used for today's FORMOSAT-5 mission.

The launch was the 12th Falcon 9 mission of 2017, and the second in 10 days, after the launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft August 14 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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