SpaceX achieves back-to-back successes for AsiaSat

September 7, 2014 9:03 AM

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SpaceX achieves back-to-back successes for AsiaSat

Putting on a late summer sky show along Florida's Space Coast, a Falcon 9 rocket climbed into space after midnight Sunday with a commercial communications satellite to connect growing markets in China and Southeast Asia.

The Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky after liftoff from Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX The mission began at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) Sunday with the fiery ignition of the 224-foot-tall launcher's nine Merlin first stage engines. Once the kerosene-burning engines ramped up to full power, the Falco...

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