High-powered commercial telecommunications satellite AsiaSat8 blasted into space atop SpaceX´s Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday morning.
AsiaSat8 is supposed to provide a variety of telecom services to customers in Asia and the South Pacific. A second AsiaSat satellite will be launched later this month.
SpaceX recently announced that it will build the world´s first commercial launch pad in Brownsville, Texas. It is expected to create about 300 high-tech jobs.