SpaceX launched its 16th mission of the year early Monday  morning, September 10, 2018.  The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad at 12:45 a.m. EDT after a weather delay  That caused SpaceX to lay the rocket onthe pad as thunderstorms passed through the Florida spaceport. 

Finally launching  to send the hefty Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit at the start of a 15-year mission to beam broadband and television signals over the Asia-Pacific region.

This is the pre launch vent unique to the Falcon 9. Rocket. Lloyd.Behrendt. the Space Coast℠
Telstar 18, Clearing the lightning rigging.

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Telstar 18 ~ Falcon 9. only SpaceX looks like this, the 9 main engine fan, just at MECO - Main Engine Cutoff - about 60 miles downrange (left MECO Red - Right MECO Blue)

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Telstar 18 clearing SpaceX set-up building.  Lloyd.Behrendt. the Space Coast℠