SpaceX launches rocket from Cape Canaveral

Published On: Jan 06 2014 08:18:36 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 06 2014 06:27:32 PM EST

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:06 p.m. today.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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After four years with no commercial satellite launches from Cape Canaveral, Monday’s mission is the second in a month flown by SpaceX.

The Thaicom 6 satellite is Thaicom’s third in orbit.

Weighing about 7,300 pounds at liftoff and designed to last 15 years, the spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. will provide high-definition television service to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa.

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