Photos: Falcon 9 climbs away from Cape Canaveral with JCSAT 16

August 15, 2016 6:55 AM

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Photos: Falcon 9 climbs away from Cape Canaveral with JCSAT 16

The Falcon 9 rocket’s eighth flight of 2016 took off from Cape Canaveral early Sunday with the Japanese JCSAT 16 communications satellite, setting a new mark for the most launches made by SpaceX in a single year.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket blasted off at 1:26 a.m. EDT (0526 GMT) Sunday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. Thirty-two minutes later, the Falcon 9’s second stage released the JCSAT 16 video and data relay satellite into an on-target orbit.

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