KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - SpaceX successfully launches a Falcon 9 rocket on the fourth try from Cape Canaveral on Monday.
A series of mechanical and weather issues caused the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket to be scrubbed three times last month.
The launch window was set to open at 9:21 a.m. and end at 11:55 a.m. SpaceX delayed launch time Monday morning to 11:15 a.m. because of fuel issues.
The Falcon rocket blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. On board were six advanced satellites for the New Jersey-based Orbcomm. Eleven more of these satellites are to be launched in the coming year.
The rocket's first stage came down hard in the splashdown zone, but the stage apparently did not survive fully intact, SpaceX officials say.
Rocket booster reentry, landing burn & leg deploy were good, but lost hull integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)," Musk tweeted.
The 374-pound satellites will offer two-way data links to help customers track, monitor and control transportation and logistics assets, heavy equipment, oil and gas infrastructure, ships and buoys, and government-owned equipment.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. -- or SpaceX -- is also working to ferry space station cargo for NASA. The company is based in Hawthorne, California.
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