CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — After days of delays, the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 launch was finally able to complete liftoff Monday from Florida's coast.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket gave the Italian Space Agency's radar surveillance satellite a lift at 6:11 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's SLC-40.
Previous launch attempts were scrubbed by both weather and a ship entering the hazard area during the countdown.
The rocket's engines roared to life as the clock hit 00:00, beginning its journey to carry the satellite into orbit.
Falcon 9's first stage made its return back to Earth with a successful land-based touchdown at Landing Zone 1.
A radar surveillance satellite for the Italian space agency (ASI) will soon get a lift from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The commercial space company is set to launch the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 at 6:11 p.m. on Jan. 31 after "unfavorable weather" scrubbed the first four attempts.
Weather wasn't the issue with Sunday's launch. SpaceX said there was a ship in the hazard area that canceled the launch with 30 seconds until liftoff.
The satellite will be launched into low Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's SLC-40.
SpaceX says the Falcon 9 booster supporting the mission was previously used in the launch of Arabsat-6A and STP-2.