5 things to know about the SpaceX launch

5 things to know about the SpaceX launch

5 things to know about the SpaceX launch

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants his company to be at the forefront of the race involving several companies to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years.

SpaceX scrubbed its first launch attempt on Saturday seconds before liftoff due to concerns about the steering system in the rocket's upper stage, the company said.

The was SpaceX's first launch from NASA's Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center, which is adjacent to CCAFS.

"This is the same launch pad used by the Saturn V rocket that first took people to the moon in 1969", the caption reads.

A rendering of what the Restore-L spacecraft could look like
A rendering of what the Restore-L spacecraft could look like

The rocket, taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, was to carry a Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Falcon 9 was scheduled for takeoff on the Saturday, but Mr Musk said that he and his team noted a technical anomaly just seconds before the originally scheduled launch.

In a standard rocket launch, the first fuel stage detaches and drops down to crash into the ocean. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX is back in action and has successfully completed a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Shortly after launch, Central Florida residents might hear an explosion-like sound as the rocket returns to land on the coast.

On Sunday, however, the launch went smoothly.

The International Space Station has six astronauts on board - two from the United States, three from Russian Federation and one from France. Landing Zone 1 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range.

The company also lost out on months of flight operations, and at least one client shifted some business to another launch provider.

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The rocket is carrying re-supply materials for the International Space Station, including a cell culturing biology experiment designed by two Craft Academy students.

SpaceX's rocket hangar is in the foreground as the Falcon 9 lifts off. (SpaceX Photo) Another angle on the liftoff highlights the former shuttle launch pad.

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