SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 From Cape Canaveral

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial rocket firm headed by Elon Musk, has seen a successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral this morning. The spacecraft--which is being designed to deliver payloads to the International Space Station and to orbit--took off from Cape Canaveral at 11:45am Pacific Time, after a delay due to a "out-of-limit startup parameter" at its earlier 8:00am launch time. As of 11:54am PST the vehicle had reached earth orbit.