SpaceX launches cargo to International Space Station, rocket on historic recycle test

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Jan 9, 2015, a few hours before the scheduled 4:47am (0947 GMT) launch. The rocket has a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station
The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Jan 9, 2015, a few hours before the scheduled 4:47am (0947 GMT) launch. The rocket has a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - SpaceX on Saturday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket on an historic recycling mission, after propelling the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station.

The rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:47 am (5:47pm Singapore time) and was to be followed minutes later by an attempt to guide the rocket's first stage down to a controlled landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.