SpaceX Falcon 9 Places SES-8 Satellite into Orbit

Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

UPDATE 2:  SpaceX has just Tweeted; Spacecraft separation confirmed! SES-8 is now in its targeted GEO transfer orbit.

UPDATE 1: SpaceX ‏has just Tweeted: #Falcon9 second stage restart burn successful. Orbit looks nominal.

The third time was a charm as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 placed the SES-8 communications satellite into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite must reach geosynchronous orbit, which will involve a restart of the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1-D upper stage engine. That engine failed to relight during a test flight in September. SpaceX believe it has identified and resolved the problem.