SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Wednesday at 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT), launching with two Boeing-built communications satellites for Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite.
The 229-foot-tall launcher took off from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad on its 26th flight, and its sixth mission in 2016.
Nine kerosene-fueled Merlin 1D engines powered the rocket into a partly cloudy morning sky over Florida’s Space Coast, driving the Falcon 9 into the stratosphere on top of 1.5 million pounds of ground-shaking thrust.
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