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US company SpaceX launches second commercial satellite in weeks

Published on Jan 7, 2014 12:58 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US company SpaceX said on Monday that it had deployed a commercial Thai satellite, in its second successful launch in weeks.

The private firm's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying with it the Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite.

Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, confirmed on Twitter that Thaicom 6 had been delivered "to a perfect orbit." Thaicom 6, which belongs to satellite operator Thaicom, will provide services to Southeast Asia and parts of Africa.

SpaceX successfully launched its first commercial satellite last month for Luxembourg company SES, which had previously used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its launches.

 
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