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Falcon 9 rocket to give SES 9 telecom satellite an extra boost | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX and SES, owner of a 5.8-ton commercial telecom satellite poised for launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, struck a deal to tweak the Falcon 9 rocket’s standard launch profile to give the SES 9 spacecraft a stronger push toward its operating post more than 22,000 miles above Earth.

The Boeing-built television broadcasting satellite will get an additional burst of energy from the Falcon 9’s second stage engine after Wednesday’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad set for 6:46:14 p.m. EST (2346 GMT).

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