CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Sunday, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket, which is carrying a Sirius XM satellite.
What You Need To Know
- Countdown clock stopped at 30 seconds to launch on Friday
- Falcon 9 successfully launched at 12:30 p.m.
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During a live feed on Friday, SpaceX announced that it was pausing the countdown at 30 seconds to launch and did not give a reason why, only saying that the Falcon 9 looked "healthy."
The rocket was originally scheduled for a Friday launch at 11:21 a.m. EST and was then pushed back to 12:21 p.m. EST and then a final time at 12:55 p.m. EST.
On Sunday, SpaceX tweeted that the one hour, 59 minute launch window will open at 11:22 a.m., with 60% favorable weather.
The launch was then pushed back to 12:30 p.m., with 80% favorable weather.
The liftoff took place at the Space Launch Complex 40 from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Falcon 9’s first stage also successfully landed on SpaceX’s droneship “Just Read the Instructions,” which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship pic.twitter.com/7QPgoeDQD5— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 13, 2020
The SiriusXM radio broadcasting satellite is about 1,500 pounds and has been successfully deployed. It will head to a geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth.
Once operational it will provide entertainment and data services for millions of subscribers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Reporter Greg Pallone contributed to this story.