US SpaceX Rocket Lifts Spanish Satellite to Orbit

US SpaceX Rocket Lifts Spanish Satellite to Orbit

SpaceX is slated to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Air Force. The launch is scheduled for 12:33 AM ET at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and there's a two hour launch window.

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its largest satellite ever into space on Tuesday, which was almost the size of a bus.

SpaceX then was unproven startup regarded with skepticism by much of the industry - especially CEO Elon Musk's brash promises to land and reuse rockets. "Can't believe it's been fifty Falcon 9 launches already". The launch will begin at around 12:33 AM EST (9:33 PM PST).

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Since its first flight, the Falcon 9 has grown more than 50 feet and gained some 600,000 lbs. At the moment Hispasat operates seven geostationary communications satellites. - SpaceX, is fairly speedy orbital rocket to take seven years and nine months as compared to the older Atlas V rocket mission that led nine years and seven months and the space shuttle did take 11 years and five months. However, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will not be recovered due to unfavourable weather conditions in the recovery area. While the first stage carried out a series of re-entry rocket firings just as it would for a droneship landing, the booster was not expected to survive impact in the ocean.

30W-6 is a three-booster rocket that will deliver broadcast services for broadband, corporate networks, television, telephony, landlines, mobile telephones and video conferencing and other telecommunications applications.

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

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It marked the 50th time the company has flown one of its signature Falcon 9 rockets.

In case you missed the live coverage of the launch, make sure to check out the webcast on SpaceX's site.

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