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Include a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in your late Monday night plans

07 March, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Shawna Walton
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SpaceX just launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket and has deployed Spain's Hispasat 30W-6 satellite into orbit.

The rocket is carrying Hispasat 30W-6 which will travel to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. However, after the delays, the rocket carried the Hispasat 30W-6 from Cape Canaveral, which is a Spanish communications satellite and is the size of a city bus.

The engines turned off after two and half minutes after the launch, and the first stage fell away, while the flight continued towards its orbit on a single Merlin engine.

As Ars Technica points out, SpaceX's Falcon 9 has reached the 50th launch milestone faster than NASA's Atlas V and the Space Shuttle program.

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

Chief Executive Musk said that the Hispasat satellite is the "largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown".

SpaceX rescheduled today's mission from February 24 to correct a problem with the Falcon 9's fairing pressurization system. This is due to unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area from Florida's Atlantic Coast, the company's website said.

Falcon 9 is scheduled for another launch toward the end of March, when it will fly a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium, a company based in McLean, Virginia. Four days later, the Dragon cargo ship will launch from Cape Canaveral with the aim to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. It will provide video, data and broadband services across America, Europe and North Africa. The satellite that it put into orbit is a Spanish communications satellite. Less than a decade ago, the company launched Falcon 9 rocket as the first of its mission in June 2010.

Live Stream: SpaceX will launch its live webcast at 11:45 p.m.

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