SpaceX launches cluster of commercial satellites

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off of pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Matt Stroshane, Getty Images)
The SpaceX company launched a rocket loaded with communication satellites Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Matt Stroshane, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/14 10:57 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company has launched a rocket packed with communication satellites.

The Falcon rocket blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. On board were six advanced satellites for the New Jersey-based Orbcomm. Eleven more of these satellites are to be launched in the coming year.

The 374-pound satellites will offer two-way data links to help customers track, monitor and control transportation and logistics assets, heavy equipment, oil and gas infrastructure, ships and buoys, and government-owned equipment.

The launch had been delayed repeatedly since May for technical and other reasons.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. — or SpaceX — is also working to ferry space station cargo for NASA. The company is based in Hawthorne, California.

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Online:

SpaceX: http://www.spacex.com/

Orbcomm: http://www.orbcomm.com/networks/og2-launch

 

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