Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Fourth time’s the charm for SpaceX launch

After coping with a wayward boat, unfavorable winds and propellant problems, SpaceX finally launched the SES-9 telecommunication satellite on its Falcon 9 rocket today and then tried to land the rocket’s first stage on an oceangoing platform.

The Falcon 9 soared into the skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida just after sunset at 6:35 p.m. ET (3:35 p.m. PT) after a smooth countdown. The satellite was sent on its way to geosynchronous transfer orbit, the first step toward putting SES-9 into position for Luxembourg-based SES to deliver satellite broadcast services to millions of customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

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