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Elon Musk's SpaceX caps record year with satellite launch

The latest mission is its 18th and is more than any competitor, far exceeding the eight it launched in 2016

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifting off in the air, seen from El Sugundo, California, recently.

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SPACEX'S launch on Friday evening of a rocket carrying a batch of satellites into low-earth orbit caps a record year for the closely held company led by Elon Musk.

The mission from California's central coast was Space Exploration Technologies Corp's 18th this year....

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