It was carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications.
SpaceX, meanwhile, scored another win on Sunday, when it lobbed 10 Iridium-2 satellites into low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Considering that the initial launch occurred in January and we are now in June, SpaceX is getting much better at its refurbishment process for the Falcon 9 booster (there was roughly a year between the first and second launches of the previous refurbished booster).
"Launch at 1:25 delivering 10 satellites for Iridium".
Today, the Falcon 9's second stage - which was flying for the first time - did its job, continuing to power BulgariaSat-1 to orbit.
Friday's launch was the second time SpaceX has launched and landed a reused first-stage.
But the booster, guided by its grid fins, came back in tip-top shape, sticking its landing on the drone ship.
"SpaceX has been a disruptor of the long-time status quo of the commercial space industry", Iridium chief Matt Desch said, CNBC reports. Companies like Iridium are reliant on SpaceX to complete its constellation of 75 satellites for global mobile phone data coverage, and it will be a reminder to startups and incumbents alike that the space industry is about to become a lot more affordable.
The mission is titled BulgariaSat-1 and is carrying the payload of Bulgaria's very first geostationary communications satellite.
The $3 billion effort by the McLean, Virginia, company involves complex procedures to replace 66 operational satellites in use for many years.
Earlier this month, the company launched a supply mission to the International Space Station using a Dragon spaceship that had previously been flown to the interstellar outpost in 2014.
The rocket set for Friday's launch is a recycled booster and the other is brand new.