A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch planned for Wednesday evening has been pushed back to Thursday.
Windy weather kept the rocket on the pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Satellite operator SES has been waiting since summertime to launch. The satellite, called SES-9, will provide service to Southeast Asia with high-speed Internet and high-definition television.
The launch window opens at 6:46 p.m. EST Thursday at Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The window closes at 8:23 p.m.
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"A lot of it will be aimed specifically at the Indonesian and Philippines marketplaces, where we believe we'll be accessing around 22 million homes," said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for SES.
The SES launch was delayed for several months after a Falcon 9 rocket with NASA cargo on board exploded in June 2015.
The Falcon 9 rocket has been upgraded since the explosion.
SpaceX has agreed to burn the upper-stage rocket for a few extra seconds to help get the SES satellite into its proper orbit sooner.
"That's a big deal for us," Halliwell said. "It allows us to get into service about one-and-a-half months earlier."
While the second stage is helping the satellite get into orbit, the first stage of the rocket will return to Earth.
SpaceX landed the first-stage booster on the ground at a landing pad during the company's December launch from the Cape.
More fuel is needed to launch the heavy satellite into a higher orbit for Wednesday's launch, so SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket booster on a floating, unmanned ship about 400 miles off the Brevard County coast. Three previous attempts to land the booster on a ship have failed.
SES is excited about the possibility that one of their future launches will be on a reused SpaceX rocket.
"Hopefully it will be a little bit cheaper, and hopefully it will allow us to increase the cadence out of the cape," Halliwell said. "So the reusability is a very, very exciting development for us."
SES said it plans to be back out on the Cape this fall to launch two more satellites, SES 10 and SES 11.