SpaceX Successfully Launches Powerful Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company successfully launched a commercial satellite into orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was originally targeted for around 1:25 a.m. ET, but was held up for about 3 hours due to an issue with the second stage engine, SpaceX said in status update.

Everything ultimately went off without a hitch. The AsiaSat 8 satellite will provide additional video and telecommunication services to areas focused over China, India, and the Middle East.

Here are some cool pictures and GIFs from the launch.

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