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Successful SpaceX Rocket Launch

Credit: Rick Glasby

SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite for the country of Qatar Thursday from Kennedy Space Center. The on-time launch was the first daytime launch from the Cape in 6 months. 

The payload was a communications satellite for the Middle East, Africa and Europe. A bonus for amateur radio operators in that area: A HAM transponder is part of the payload.  In keeping with SpaceX’s reusability plan, the first stage had been flown before.  And they landed it again on the Of Course I Still Love You barge, floating out in the Atlantic.

The next launch from the Cape comes in less than three weeks as SpaceX flies cargo to the International Space Station.