Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket in Florida today, aiming to deliver a spy satellite into orbit for the US military. It is the first time the private space firm is launching a satellite for the US military, following an $83 million contract with the Air Force. The satellite launch is scheduled for 9.11am EST (2.11pm GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial It will be the first of four rocket launches today, with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin set to send its New Shepard capsule into the skies above West Texas just 19 minutes later. Two other launches are then planned from multinational satellite firm Arianespace and the US-based United Launch Alliance. Follow all the latest news of the launches here. Show latest update 2018-12-18T12:56:23.673Z A reminder that all four rocket launches are being… Read full this story
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