SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center

In this photo provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Kim Shiflett/NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) — SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center.

The rocket, which is carrying a Korean satellite into orbit, lifted off at 3:34 p.m.

About five minutes later, the main engine cutoff and stage separation were confirmed and the second stage engine burn was underway.

Falcon 9’s first stage did not return to Kennedy Space Center. Instead, it landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The satellite will be deployed about 36 minutes after liftoff. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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