On Sunday, September 7, 2014, SpaceX successfully launched the AsiaSat 6 satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 1:00 a.m. EDT from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Approximately 32 minutes after launch, AsiaSat 6 deployed successfully, and AsiaSat established contact with the satellite shortly thereafter.
This marks the twelfth successful flight in a row for Falcon 9, and the second of two successful missions for AsiaSat this summer.
Below is a mission summary in pictures.On Saturday, September 6, Falcon 9 was raised vertically on the launch pad in preparation for Sunday’s early morning launch.At 1:00am EDT on Sunday, September 7, Falcon 9 lifted off.At liftoff, Falcon 9 puts out 1.3 million pounds of thrust, rising to 1.5 million pounds as the vehicle climbs out of Earth’s atmosphere.
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