**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.