MAR 05, 2018 4:28 PM PST

SpaceX Prepares for 50th Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

SpaceX is poised to launch another Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, but unlike typical launches, this one is slightly special. A Tweet shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Monday afternoon reveals how it will mark the commercial space company’s 50th Falcon 9 flight.

The rocket currently stands tall at Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the United States Air Force says that there’s a 90% chance of favorable rocket launch weather between 12:33 A.M. and 2:33 A.M. Eastern time.

SpaceX's 50th Falcon 9 rocket prepares to launch from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.

Image Credit: SpaceX via Twitter

Given that it’s SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 launch, you can bet Musk wanted to make it a special one; and that it will be. The fairing at the top of the rocket contains a gigantic telecommunications satellite called the Hispasat 30W-6.

According to Musk, this satellite weighs more than 60 metric tons and sports a size comparable to an average city bus. In other words, it will become the largest geostationary satellite ever launched with a Falcon 9 rocket. 

While it may not sound as impressive as the feat demonstrated by SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket last month, it should still make for a great show for anyone who might be into rocket science.

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Unfortunately, weather conditions won’t be optimal for landing and recovering the spent first stage after the Falcon 9 completes its primary mission, so SpaceX won’t attempt to do so. That means SpaceX won’t be refurbishing this particular rocket for future use.

As usual, SpaceX will live-stream the event from its website. If you aren’t sleeping and would like to tune in during the launch window, then we've embedded the launch video below:

Source: SpaceX via Elon Musk

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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