Falcon 9 Launches From Cape Canaveral

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LAUNCH SUCCEEDS

After two delays, SpaceX Succesfully Launched from Cape Canaveral. Photos courtesy of Brent Lohaus and SpaceX.

After two delays, SpaceX Succesfully Launched from Cape Canaveral. Photos courtesy of Brent Lohaus and SpaceX.

UPDATE: FALCON 9 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION  – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the SES 8 communications satellite today from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The launch window opens at 5:41 p.m. and closed at 6:47 p.m. EST. You can watch the launch Live Stream on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Launches were scrubbed on Nov. 25, Nov. 28 and Dec. 2– see the posts below for more information.

Falcon 9 Thanksgiving Day Launch Scrubbed 

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The launch of a commercial SES-8 satellite by SpaceX aboard a Falcon 9 rocket set for launch today at 5:38 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was scrubbed for the second time after the flight computer failed to start.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch failed Monday because of a technical glitch and will be taken back to its hangar for inspection. According to SpaceX, they not try to launch again in another few days.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch From Cape Scrubbed

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to blast off today from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has been scrubbed. The launch has been rescheduled for Thurday. 

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to blast off today from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has been scrubbed. The launch has been rescheduled for Thurday. (SpaceX image)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to blast off today from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has been scrubbed. The launch has been rescheduled for Thurday. (SpaceX image)

In this flight, the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the SES-8 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES-8 is a commercial telecommunications satellite.

The SES-8 launch window opened today at approximately 5:37 p.m. EDT on from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida. Once launched, the SES-8 satellite will be deployed into its geosynchronous transfer orbit approximately 33 minutes after liftoff.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the SES-8 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES-8 is a commercial telecommunications satellite.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the SES-8 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES-8 is a commercial telecommunications satellite.

According to SpaceX, the Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability.

Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events — and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.

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Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station. (SpaceX image)

Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station.

Since then SpaceX has made a total of three flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA. Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space and under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is actively working toward that goal.

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