CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX35)
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral early Sunday morning.
Officials with the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing said the rocket launched without a glitch around 1:26 a.m., Sunday from Cape Canaveral.
Officials said the rocket was carrying a JCSAT-16 communications satellite built by Space Systems Loral for Tokyo based SKY, officials said.
"I am very proud of the entire Space Coast team. Their flawless work made this mission a success," said Col. Walt Jackim, 45th Space Wing vice commander and mission Launch Decision Authority. "Assured access to space remains a difficult and challenging endeavor. Today's launch reflects a superb collaborative effort between commercial launch providers, allied customers, and U.S. Air Force range and safety resources. The 45th Space Wing remains a proud member of the Space Coast team and we look forward to continuing our service as the 'World's Premier Gateway to Space.'"