VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California - A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite has launched from the California coast in a demonstration flight.
The company says its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday morning.
SpaceX previously launched an older version of the rocket five times from Florida. The next-generation rocket boasts upgraded engines designed to improve performance and carry heavier payloads.
The rocket is carrying a satellite dubbed Cassiope, a project of the Canadian Space Agency and other partners. Once in orbit, it will track space weather.
The Associated Press