Boeing’s first two all-electric satellites ready for launch

March 1, 2015 4:10 PM

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A new class of Boeing-built spacecraft will fly into orbit for the first time Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, combining Boeing’s electric propulsion technology with SpaceX’s bargain launch prices to send up communications satellites at a fraction of the typical cost.

SpaceX ground teams are preparing for liftoff of the 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket at 10:50 p.m. EST Sunday (0350 GMT Monday) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The launch window extends for 42 minutes, 30 seconds.

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