SpaceX hits 50 Falcon 9 launches with overnight Space Coast liftoff

by Antonio Miles March 7, 2018, 0:10
SpaceX hits 50 Falcon 9 launches with overnight Space Coast liftoff

The first stage, meanwhile, fell back into the atmosphere but no attempt was made to recover the rocket.

Last month SpaceX launched its monster Falcon Heavy rocket - three times as powerful as the Falcon 9 - for the first time, propelling Musk's own Tesla roadster with a spacesuit-clad dummy at the wheel into orbit near Mars. Satellites in such "geostationary" orbits take 24 hours to compete one trip around the planet and thus appear stationary in the sky - a critical requirement for communications stations. Thus, space enthusiasts can watch it online on SpaceX's website which has already displayed the upcoming launch on March 6. On the other hand, the second stage successfully carried out the goal of taking Hispasat 30W-6, a Spanish communication satellite, and had reached preliminary parking orbit within eight minutes and 40 seconds following the launch. However, a planned landing of the rocket's first stage did not take place as hoped because of bad weather at the floating landing site.

The satellite aims to expand television, broadband and telecommunications services in Europe and northwest Africa.

The mission is the latest example of SpaceX bringing a commercial launch and an worldwide customer back to Cape Canaveral.

The payload weighed 6 metric tons, and according to CEO Elon Musk, has the physical footprint of a city bus. Then, just a few days later on April 2nd, the company will launch a Falcon 9 and its Dragon spacecraft on a path to the International Space Station with supplies for the astronauts living there.

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The Madrid-based company Hispasat will use the newly launched satellite for a variety of purposes.

A SpaceX drone ship with a Falcon 9 first stage which was recovered after the Formosat-5 mission, August 24, 2017.

"Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain".

Hispasat 30W-6 is expected to have a useful life of 15 years with 10.5 kilowatts power and a multi-mission payload.

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