Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket has successfully launched

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket has successfully launched

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, taking two US astronauts to the International Space Station.

Watch the stream below:

Following liftoff, it will take the rocket 19 hours to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

This comes after SpaceX's Starship prototype exploded during a test run in Boca Chica, Texas, and the entire event was broadcast on a live-stream on the NASA Spaceflight website.

Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of the explosion, the Guardian reports, and it didn't affect the launch of Falcon 9.

You can see the dramatic footage from yesterday below:

Falcon 9's first launch on Wednesday was called off with less than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock due to stormy weather

SpaceX - the company founded by Elon Musk, who is its CEO - has teamed up with NASA for the historical mission that will be the first time that US astronauts have launched from US soil since 2011.

After the delay, SpaceX and NASA waited for the International Space Station to be in the correct orbital position before launching Falcon 9 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Earlier today, the official SpaceX Twitter account shared footage of the two experienced astronauts, Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken, donning their spacesuits for the mission.

This is a historic moment as it marks the first time that a private company has sent astronauts into space, per the Verge.

SpaceX was established back in 2002 by Musk with the original goal of reducing the costs of space travel and eventually allowing for the human colonization of Mars, the New York Times reports.

Two astronauts. Credit: PA Images

One of the ways that the company is enabling for more environmentally friendly space travel, Space.com reports, is through its reuse of the two pieces that make up SpaceX fairings. They are jettisoned, and this means that they can be used again instead of being discarded into the ocean as has previously been done.

Musk's plan to send a private rocket into space has been heavily documented, and at the start of 2018, the tech entrepreneur revealed the message to aliens he has written on a SpaceX rocket.