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Space X Targets Friday Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL (by Alan McBride/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- If all goes well, the first launch of the new year from the Cape should take place late Friday afternoon.

Private contractor SpaceX is slated to launch a communications satellite using the company's enhanced Falcon 9 rocket to send a commercial telecom satellite into orbit.

The launch is targeted for 5:50 p.m. Eastern Time, but it could go as late as 6:57 p.m.

The payload is the Thaicom 6 satellite, which is intended to provide satellite TV service to parts of south and southeast Asia, along with other coverage zones.

This will mark the second launch of the enhanced Falcon 9 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.

It will also be the second time SpaceX has used the facility to launch a commercial comsat into a geo-stationary orbit.

Literally a month will separate the two launches, since the first took place December 3 of this year.


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