The liftoff came at 12:33 a.m. EST at Cape Canaveral and the launch lifted off from Pad 40.
Hispasat 30W-6, is going to be operated by Hispasat, a Spanish communications operator serving Spain, Portugal and Latin America. That satellite weighs about 6 ton and is the size of a bus, according to Musk, and will be the largest satellite SpaceX has flown yet.
After the launch this week, the Elon Musk-led company has now successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket 50 times. "Can't believe it's been fifty Falcon 9 launches already". This year is also off to a good start, with three successful Falcon 9 launches. At the moment Hispasat operates seven geostationary communications satellites. That's up from 18 missions in 2017. SpaceX is poised for the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early today, marking a swift ascent to a milestone many aerospace giants take far longer to attain.
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Angie Dunaway, a Louisville fan, said, "Tournament town's the best place, I went down to Myrtle Beach, it's just not the same". U.Va., which opens the ACC tournament Thursday in the quarterfinals against Wednesday's victor of No. 8 seed Florida State vs.
When it first launched in 2010, the Falcon 9 was just another expendable rocket like the popular Atlas V. However, SpaceX designed the Falcon 9 to be an upgradable launch platform. The vehicle was launched into space on a month ago on February 6th upon a larger Falcon Heavy rocket.
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. The satellite will help provide band capacity over a vast expanse of Earth including the Americas and the Mediterranean. The new satellite will improve television, broadband and telecommunications services in Europe and Northwest Africa.
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.