SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch delayed

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 3:56 pm | Updated: 9:18 pm, Sat Jan 4, 2014.

**FINAL UPDATE** Launch has been delayed a few days. Next scheduled attempt is for Thursday at 5:38pm.

**UPDATE** After two stalls, the launch countdown has been reset and is expected to launch at 6:30pm.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX is targeted to launch the SES-8 telecommunications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket this Monday November 25, at 5:37pm from Cape Canaveral.

The company says that SES-8 will be their first launch to a geostationary transfer orbit – 80,000 km from Earth – and most challenging mission to date.

SES-8 features up to 33 Ku-band transponders and will be co-located with NSS-6 at the orbital location of 95 degrees East to provide growth capacity over Asia-Pacific. The spacecraft’s high performance beams will support the rapidly growing markets in South Asia and Indo-China, as well as provide expansion capacity for DTH, VSAT and government applications.

A webcast will be available at www.spacex.com/webcast. The video transmission of the launch of SES-8 will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.

ABC 7 Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan says cloud cover along the Suncoast makes it unlikely that the launch will be seen from the area.

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