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.
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