SpaceX Launch a Success

posted by Alan McBride - 

After a one-day delay, private rocket contractor SpaceX reported a successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force station.

The launch Wednesday afternoon came after a Tuesday attempt was scrubbed due to a combination of high winds and a faulty second stage sensor.

There were no problems Wednesday, however, and the Falcon 9 successfully carried a Luxembourg government satellite to its proper transfer orbit.

The mission profile deviated slightly from what has become customary for SpaceX.

Because of the nature of the payload, and the need to boost it to a higher orbit, the first stage of the Falcon 9 had to use the lion's share of its propellant for the boost.

That didn't leave enough for a controlled booster landing.

The first stage, instead, splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch sets the stage for the next SpaceX endeavor.

If all goes well, Tuesday, Feb 6, SpaceX will conduct the first test launch of its new Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket is already at Pad 39 A at the Kennedy Space Center.

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