Agence France-PresseDecember 3, 2013 22:01
After two delays, private US company SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched its first commercial satellite, after repairs were made to the Falcon 9 rocket.
It roared into space at 2241 GMT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said in a statement.
Its $100 million satellite was placed in orbit 14 minutes later, a SpaceX spokesman confirmed.
The rocket's cargo was a telecommunications satellite for the Luxembourg company SES, which until now has used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches.