As the saying goes, the third time's a charm.
The conditions were perfect, wind was down, temperatures were moderate, and SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch out of Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was a success on Tuesday.
"Mission confirmed," announced ground control once the rocket was safely past Earth's atmosphere. Roughly 45 minutes after launch, the rocket had finished safely putting its satellite into orbit.
"Spacecraft separation confirmed!" SpaceX tweeted. "SES-8 is now in its targeted GEO transfer orbit."
Spacecraft separation confirmed! SES-8 is now in its targeted GEO transfer orbit.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 3, 2013
"All known rocket anomalies have been resolved," SpaceX tweeted on Monday. "Launch targeted for Tues, w/ Weds as a back-up."
SpaceX's Falcon 9 mission was to carry a SES-8 communications satellite for placement in orbit. While SpaceX has launched satellites before, this was the first time it launched a commercial communications satellite.
"This launch is obviously very important to the future of SpaceX," Musk told reporters at a pre-launch reception last week. "We're very appreciative that SES would place a bet on SpaceX here."