CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (July 14, 2014) Private space exploration company SpaceX, which tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, launched a rocket packed with communication satellites Monday.
The SpaceX Falcon rocket lifted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with six advanced satellites on board for the New Jersey-based Orbcomm.
Eleven more of these satellites are to be launched in the coming year.
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.
The launch had been delayed repeatedly since May for technical and other reasons.
SpaceX is also transporting cargo for NASA.