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.