Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching U.S. spy satellite

The 23-story tall rocket took off from its seaside launch pad at Kennedy Space Center at 7:15 a.m. EDT. Eastern, is the first mission the aerospace manufacturer has done for the U.S. military after receiving certification to launch satellites for the U.S. Air Force in 2015.

SpaceX made company history a few weeks ago, where the company flew one of its Falcon 9 rockets for the first time.

The mission, which is being referred to as NROL-76, will carry a classified payload designed, built and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office.

The land-based recovery is one of the two ways SpaceX gets its Falcon 9 first stages back to use them again.

SpaceX hopes to try again Monday morning to launch a classified US intelligence mission from Kennedy Space Center, after a sensor problem scrubbed a first attempt Sunday.

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"Launch and landing of the NRO spy satellite was good", he said after liftoff.

Roughly two minutes and 20 seconds later, after pushing through the lower atmosphere, the first-stage engines shut down and the stage detached, leaving the single Merlin engine fueling the Falcon 9's second stage to continue the launch to space. The rocket was recycled for Monday's launch. SpaceX became the first commercial rocket maker to bring back first-stage boosters about a year and a half ago. The contracts call for SpaceX to launch Global Positioning System satellites in 2018 and 2019. Previously, its competitor, United Launch Alliance, handled classified launched for the Air Force. Landing, refurbishing and reusing rockets is key to the company's vision of making space travel increasingly affordable.

The privately owned firm, based in Hawthorne, California, has a backlog of more than 70 missions, worth about US$10 billion.

SpaceX typically broadcasts entire missions online, but this time the company shut off footage of the launch just after the first-stage booster separated from the upper stage of the rocket.

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