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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Florida

The rocket deployed a communications satellite about a half-hour after launch.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday night from Cape Canaveral.

It blasted off at 7:23 p.m., just barely fitting into the window of time necessary for "go" conditions because of the weather. Clouds and stormy conditions allowed for only a 40-percent favorability for launch.

SpaceX says the rocket successfully deployed an AMOS-17 satellite, which will provide satellite communication services to Africa, about 31 minutes after launch.

The company plans to test some hardware on the rocket.

This is the second test of the hardware after last week's launch showed the hardware needed to be replaced.

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