25 November 2013
SpaceX plans the first launch of its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Florida this afternoon. The planned 5:37 p.m. liftoff would be the company’s first of an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, after a test launch in California, and the first launch of a commercial communications satellite from Cape Canaveral in four years. The SES communications satellite mounted atop of the rocket also will be the first the company places in a geostationary orbit. The Falcon 9 has sent several spacecraft to the ISS, which is about 250 miles up, but has never placed a communications satellite in the orbit where they operate more than 22,000 miles above the equator. (Image Credit: NASA)
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