SpaceX poised for 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX poised for 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday morning.

A launch forecast issued by the Air Force shows the launch window is between 12:33 a.m. and 2:33 a.m. Tuesday.

The rocket will carry with it a satellite for the 25-year-old Spanish communications operator Hispasat.

With a two-hour launch window, the launch of Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite will be attempted to transfer orbit geostationary by SpaceX on March 6 at 12:33am ET. "Can't believe it's been fifty Falcon 9 launches already".

SpaceX's next launch is now slated for March 29, with 10 satellites for mobile communications company Iridium.

"Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain". In a statement Monday, the Spanish company said its satellite would be tested for a week after it reaches its geostationary orbit. The new satellite is expected to have at least a 15-year lifespan in space, according to a release from SpaceX.

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Powered by nine Merlin engines, the Falcon 9's first stage has also mastered the art of landing upright on solid ground or on floating platforms in the ocean after launch.

The launch is the company's 50th of Falcon 9 since the rocket first flew in June 2010.

Hispasat 30W-6 will operate alongside Hispasat 30W-5, which was formerly Hispasat-1E, providing services including television broadcasting, internet and corporate networking solutions in Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. This one is scheduled to have the most powerful booster ever made and is scheduled to put more than 20 satellites into orbit.

The launch that achieved the rocket's half-century took place from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Its Falcon Heavy launch not only exceeded just about everyone's expectations, but also reinvigorated interest in everything the company has been working to achieve for so long.

The company did not attempt to land the Falcon 9's first stage after the launch due to poor weather conditions in the recovery area.

The Range managed by the Air Force's 45th Space Wing now enters a lull until early April, when SpaceX could return with another launch of International Space Station supplies.

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