SpaceX Just Launched Its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket Into Space

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While this is the 50th flight for SpaceX during its history, this marked the fifth flight this year.

Before Tuesday, Hispasat's previous Cape launches were on 2000 and 2002 on Atlas rockets.

The two-hour launch window opens at 12:33 a.m. EST (5:33 UTC) with a two-hour backup launch window opening on Wednesday, March 7 at the same time period. On Tuesday, the company is scheduled to perform yet another high-profile launch.

"Very proud of the SpaceX team!" "Can't believe it's been fifty Falcon 9 launches already".

Tonight's launch came less than two weeks after SpaceX launched a Spanish radar-imaging satellite known as Paz, plus SpaceX's first prototype Starlink broadband satellites.

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SpaceX still practiced the retro-rocket landing procedure, even though the booster fell into the Atlantic and was not due to be recovered.

The mission itself wasn't among the company's most spectacular: there was no dramatic landing of the first-stage booster or Roadster being launched toward Mars. The geostationary communications satellite successfully attained orbit more than 22,000 miles (almost 36,000 km) above the equator after blasting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US.

Since everything appeared to go according to plan, the satellite should now be in its highly elliptical geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) around Earth.

Hispasat 30W-6 is expected to have a useful life of 15 years with 10.5 kilowatts power and a multi-mission payload. It'll be operated by Hispasat, one of the leading distributors of Spanish and Portuguese broadcast content. "It is the culmination of the current growth phase of the companFor Madrid-based Hispasat and its Brazilian subsidiary Hispamar, Latin America is the largest market". 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.

The launch will be streamed live on SpaceX's website as well as on the company's YouTube channel.