Liftoff: SpaceX Launches Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

Firm's second successful launch with a reported backlog of almost 50 to go

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SpaceX, the world’s first private rocket launcher for hire, made a lengthy, barely comprehensible announcement Monday afternoon: “Falcon 9 delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted 295 x 90,000 km geosynchronous transfer orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination.”

Translation: It launched a satellite into space.

The BBC reports that this is the company’s second successful launch of a commercial satellite and that it has a backlog of nearly 50 launches to go, more than half of which will serve commercial customers. The final frontier is now open to the highest bidder.