SpaceX launch planned Thursday at Vandenberg AFB

SpaceX's twelfth launch and ninth recovery of 2017 ready for a Thursday liftoff

This mission marks the 12th for SpaceX this year, and it comes after a hard 2016, during which one of the company's Falcons exploded on a launch pad before a routine test.

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.

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About 2.5 minutes after launch, the rocket's two stages separated.

Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for another launch, this time, the launch of the FORMOSAT-5 satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The 450-kilogram spacecraft was the first such satellite built domestically by Taiwan, and succeeds Formosat-2, retired a year ago.

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Formosat-5 also carries a secondary payload, an ionospheric probe for scientific research. SpaceX later discontinued the Falcon 1, moving Formosat-5 to a larger Falcon 9 vehicle. 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 launch also features another landing of the Falcon 9 first stage, in this case on a droneship called "Just Read the Instructions" in the Pacific Ocean. SpaceX has recovered 15 Falcon 9 first stages in total.

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Vandenberg's next Falcon 9 rocket reportedly is targeting September 30, with another 10 Iridium Next communication satellites ready to head to space.

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