A Malaysian satellite rode a Falcon 1 rocket into orbit Monday night, marking the first time the privately-developed booster has successfully launched an operational spacecraft.
The 70-foot-tall rocket was making its fifth flight. Three of its four previous launches failed, dooming two small military satellites.
But SpaceX, the California-based company that developed the launcher, scored its second straight success Monday, almost nine months after the Falcon 1 first reached orbit last year. Read more at Spaceflight Now.