SpaceX successfully launches a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a high-powered communications satellite. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a high-powered Communications satellite on Wednesday (October 11). The late evening launch occurred at The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in Florida at 1900 EDT (2300 GMT). Video from cameras mounted on the rocket showed the booster rocket, or first stage of the launch, separating from the upper stage that carried the satellites and landing on Earth again on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk has hailed the twin achievement of salvaging a used rocket and re-launching it yet again as a revolutionary step in his quest to slash launch costs and shorten intervals between space shots.