SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Tuesday

Enlarge  A Falcon 9 v1.0 launches from Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fla

SpaceX carried out the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, a swift ascent to a milestone which many aerospace giants take far longer to attain. Tonight, the company is tasked with sending up a hefty communications satellite for operator Hispasat, called Hispasat 30W-6. The new satellite will improve television, broadband and telecommunications services in Europe and Northwest Africa.

The satellite weighs six tonnes and is nearly the size of a city bus, making it the largest geostationary satellite that SpaceX has taken into space.

The rocket blasted off after midnight from Cape Canaveral carrying a Spanish communications satellite.

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

Rough seas prevented SpaceX from attempting to land the Falcon 9's first-stage booster, which was expected to be destroyed when it splashed down in 26-foot waves. SpaceX have tweeted that conditions are pretty favourable though, so we should see a launch this evening.

SpaceX still practiced the retro-rocket landing procedure, even though the booster fell into the Atlantic and was not due to be recovered. A second firing was required to put Hispasat 30W-6 into the required highly elliptical "transfer" orbit.

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Early Tuesday morning, SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully completed another launch.

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. Plus it's going to a high orbit about 22,000 miles (around 35,700 kilometers) above Earth known as geostationary orbit.

Lewin also looks ahead to SpaceX's next Falcon Heavy launch which will take place in June.

SpaceX rescheduled today's mission from February 24 to correct a problem with the Falcon 9's fairing pressurization system.

SpaceX only flew the Falcon 9 for the first time eight years ago, in a 2010 test mission for NASA.

The satellite was built by Space Systems Loral and sports 40 Ku-band transponders, seven Ka beams and 10 C-band transponders, according to SpaceX mission's overview.

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