For those of you who still get a thrill from rocket launches, here's one today from Elon Musk's SpaceX company, headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
The Falcon 9 rocket, packed with communication satellites, 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 will 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.