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US-European ocean-monitoring satellite in orbit

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An ocean-monitoring satellite that launched from the California coast has separated from its SpaceX rocket and been sent toward orbit. Photo: SpaceX.com An ocean-monitoring satellite that launched from the California coast has separated from its SpaceX rocket and been sent toward orbit. Photo: SpaceX.com
LOS ANGELES -

The latest on the launch of an ocean-monitoring satellite from California (all times local):
    
11 a.m.
    
An ocean-monitoring satellite that launched from the California coast has separated from its SpaceX rocket and been sent toward orbit.
    
With the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage and the Jason-3 satellite continuing toward orbit, SpaceX will now try to land its first stage on a floating barge in the Pacific Ocean.
    
Liftoff occurred as planned at 10:42 a.m. Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles.
    
The mission of the Jason-3 satellite is to continue an unbroken record of more than two decades of sea level measurements from orbit.
    
California-based SpaceX hopes to reduce launch costs by reusing rockets rather than having them fall into the ocean.
    
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10:45 a.m.
    
A U.S.-European satellite designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena has launched aboard a SpaceX rocket under mostly cloudy skies from the California coast.
    
Liftoff occurred as planned at 10:42 a.m. Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles.
    
After sending the Jason-3 satellite into orbit the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to land its discarded first stage on a floating barge in the Pacific Ocean.
    
The mission of Jason-3 is to continue an unbroken record of more than two decades of sea level measurements from orbit.
    
Like its predecessors, Jason-3 is equipped with radar altimeter to bounce microwave energy off the ocean and a GPS system to identify the satellite's precise location.
    
The cost of the mission, including five years of operation, was put at $180 million.

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