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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - MARCH 01:    In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft onboard, sits on the launchpad at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 1, 2013 in Florida . Launch of the second SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission is scheduled for later this morning. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – MARCH 01: In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft onboard, sits on the launchpad at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 1, 2013 in Florida . Launch of the second SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission is scheduled for later this morning. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) —A new communications satellite which will be used for public and private applications is still sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year and two attempts to launch on Thanksgiving were aborted. SpaceX says it will try again in a few days to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.

The launch was originally scheduled for early this year but was scrubbed. More glitches kept it on the ground Monday. SpaceX was not granted permission by the FAA to launch Tuesday or Wednesday due to heavy Thanksgiving air traffic.

The SES-8 satellite will be used in conjunction with other communications systems to increase bandwidth capacity in Asia and provide expansion of services such as maritime communications and distance learning programs.

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