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.

Related: SpaceX wants to launch Falcon 9 rockets every couple of weeks

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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