SpaceX launches Falcon rocket

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:52pm

Private space flight company SpaceX successfully launched an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday in California.

The vehicle placed a Canadian science satellite into orbit, as well as several smaller payloads.

The new version of the Falcon 9 boasts several changes aimed at boosting performance, including more powerful engines and larger propellant tanks.

Last year, the Falcon 9 was the first commercial rocket to successfully deliver an unmanned space capsule to the International Space Station.

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