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Launch Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off On Landmark Satellite Mission

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Octaweb

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The new circular Octaweb engine arrangement of SpaceX's nine Falcon 9 Merlin 1D engines is seen in this image.

SpaceX SES-8 Mission Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 stands on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida, poised to launch the SES-8 mission on Nov. 25, 2013.

SES-8 Telecommunications Satellite

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The SES-8 telecommunications satellite is an Orbital Sciences GEOStar-2 spacecraft that will provide communications coverage of the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. This hybrid Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft weighs 6,918 lbs. (3,138 kg.) at launch.

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