SpaceX Falcon 9 finally lifts off with six satellites
Video: SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 on Monday at Cape Canaveral to place six satellites into orbit for Orbcomm Inc
Tuesday 15 July 2014
After a delay of three aborted attempts over two months, SpaceX finally saw its Falcon 9 rocket shoot into space.
The rocket successfully placed six small commercial communication satellites into orbit for the company Orbcomm Inc.
The 68-metre tall Falcon 9 took off from Cape Canaveral at 11:15 on Monday.
The launch of the rocket has plagued SpaceX in recent months due to technical problems and the weather in Florida.
The six new satellites will create stronger and faster communication for Orbcomm's customers and the company is hoping to launch 17 satellites overall as part of a $230 million plan.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, tweeted that the launch had been a success:
Flight 10 of Falcon 9 was good. All six ORBCOMM satellites deployed on target.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 14, 2014
However, Musk later wrote that they "lost hull integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)," and that a "Detailed review of rocket telemetry needed to tell if due to initial splashdown or subsequent tip over and body slam".Still, after a delay of several weeks, SpaceX and Orbcomm will be relieved that these first six satellites are finally in orbit.
Life & Style blogs
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
- 5 Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Moodle Developer (PHP ,Linux, Apache...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£21000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Award-winning pharma softw...
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Java Developer is requ...