SpaceX launches Canadian satellite from California

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 29 at 11:01 PM

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite has launched from the California coast in a demonstration flight.

The company says its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday morning.

SpaceX previously launched an older version of the rocket five times from Florida. The next-generation rocket boasts upgraded engines designed to improve performance and carry heavier payloads.

The rocket is carrying a satellite dubbed Cassiope, a project of the Canadian Space Agency and other partners. Once in orbit, it will track space weather.

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