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SpaceX Launching First Private Rocket of 2014 Today: Watch It Live

Private spaceflight firm SpaceX is blasting a telecommunications satellite into orbit today (Jan. 6), and you can watch all the fiery action live online.
/ Source: Space.com

Private spaceflight firm SpaceX is blasting a telecommunications satellite into orbit today (Jan. 6), and you can watch all the fiery action live online.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the THAICOM 6 communications satellite is slated to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT). You can watch the liftoff live  here on SPACE.com  beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST, courtesy of SpaceX.

If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 will deliver the satellite to its geosynchronous transfer orbit about 31 minutes after launch,  SpaceX  officials said.

The 6,650-pound (3,016 kilograms) THAICOM 6 satellite will provide telecommunications and broadcast services to people throughout southeast Asia. The spacecraft was built by Virgina-based aerospace firm Orbital Sciences for Thaicom, a company based in Thailand.

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