Last night at 10:41 GMT, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon-9 rocket. The rocket is on what may be the most important mission yet for the company. It is taking the SES-8 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. Its success demonstrates SpaceX’s ability to carry out complex missions efficiently. This launch was delayed twice before, due to different warnings and issues.
After launch, the rocket successfully managed several tricky maneuvers needed to boost its payload into what’s known as a geostationary transfer orbit, a very high orbit around Earth. The SES-8 satellite then maneuvered into orbit above India.