SpaceX just started to broadcast it's live feed of today's launch. T minus ~14 minutes to liftoff!
Both the spacecraft and it's engines are reported to be properly working.
The automated launch sequence has been started.
T minus 10 minutes to launch.
Weather in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is sunny and 71 degrees.
Down to T minus 8 minutes until launch.
T minus 5 minutes until launch.
And the strongback is now retracting from the rocket itself.
The original launch date on Nov. 25 was aborted 4 minutes before liftoff. Good to know we're past that stage now!
To recap, the main purpose of this mission is to deliver a telecom satellite for the company SES into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (~80,000 km away from Earth)
Falcon 9 and SES have been called Go for launch.
The flight computer has taken control of the vehicle now.
Michael, it won't be visible on the west coast.
@Michael, this mission is to take the SES-8 telecom satellite up into a geostationary transfer orbit.
Mission has been confirmed.
Falcon 9 is now supersonic.
I'm no space expert, but that was pretty awesome.
@Amber, into the Atlantic Ocean.
@Pen G, took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Current altitude is at 177 km (about ~110 miles)
@Amber, not sure if the first stage gets recovered. For the space shuttle, the solid rocket boosters did get recovered.