SpaceX launches rocket from Cape Canaveral

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**UPDATE** The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched as scheduled at 5:06pm Monday.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —The private space transport company SpaceX plans to launch its second successful rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Monday.

The cold snap that has crippled much of the country is not expected to affect the launch, scheduled to lift off at 5:06 p.m. ET.

The weather forecast calls for chilly and gusty conditions at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but only a 20% chance that clouds or strong winds could ground the rocket during a more than two-hour launch window that closes at 7:08 p.m. Monday.

According to USA Today, the Falcon 9 rocket is expected to deliver a commercial satellite to a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles over the equator for Thaicom Plc.

Weighing about 7,300 pounds at liftoff and designed to last 15 years, the spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. will provide high-definition television service to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa.

On December 3rd, SpaceX launched a rocket carrying a communications satellite for Luxembourg-based SES.