SpaceX rocket sends satellite into orbit after launch from Cape Canaveral

Posted at 11:36 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 06:03:47-04

(NBC) - A SpaceX rocket lit up the Monday evening sky above Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into space about 7:21 p.m., carrying a large commercial communications satellite.

The satellite, weighing more than 13,000 pounds, was deployed into orbit about 30 minutes after liftoff.


It will orbit some 22,000 miles above earth.

The satellite is intended to deliver high speed broadband to customers of Inmarsat, a London- based communications firm, as well as mobile communications for ships, airplanes, and government agencies.

The SpaceX launch is the sixth so far this year and the 34th flight since the Falcon 9 rocket debuted in 2010.

Courtesy NBC News Channel