ECHOSTAR SATEL­LITE HEADS INTO OR­BIT

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cape canaveral, fla.» SpaceX has launched a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite into or­bit af­ter a two-day de­lay.

A SpaceX Fal­con 9 rocket car­ry­ing a satel­lite for Dou­glas County-based EchoStar lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 2 a.m. Thurs­day. The satel­lite was de­ployed into or­bit high above Earth about 35 min­utes later.

The launch was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Tues­day but was pushed back due to high winds in Florida.

This was the sec­ond SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Cen­ter’s Launch Com­plex 39A. Last month’s space sta­tion re­sup­ply launch was the first from the pad since the end of the Space Shut­tle pro­gram in 2011. The pad was used to send Neil Arm­strong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon in 1969.

Tim Shortt, Florida To­day

A SpaceX Fal­con 9 rocket launches from Kennedy Space Cen­ter, as seen from Viera, Fla., on Thurs­day.

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