SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully launched radar imaging payload

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SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket out of their Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Thursday at 9:17 a.m.

The rocket carried the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain. 

The Paz satellite was built by Airbus Defense and Space. It carries a radar imaging payload to collect views of Earth for government and commercial customers, along with ship tracking and weather sensors. 

Multiple smaller secondary payloads will also launch on the Falcon 9 rocket. 

The Falcon 9 rocket launced with a previously-flown first stage.