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SpaceX successfully launches satellite on second attempt

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an Echostar communications satellite from Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday (March 16).

Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, had delayed the launch to carry a commercial communications satellite into orbit on Tuesday because of high winds at its Florida launch site.

Wind gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center forced SpaceX to scrub the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that was to have put into orbit EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, the privately owned company had said on social network Twitter.

Thursday’s launch was streamed live on SpaceX’s website and loud cheers could be heard from the streaming as the launch successfully passed its various separation stages into space.

SpaceX successfully launches a communications satellite into space, two days after the original launch was scrubbed due to high winds. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

(Reuters)