SpaceX rocket carries Spanish satellite to orbit

SpaceX once again ready to take off Spanish satellite to International Space Station

SpaceX once again ready to take off Spanish satellite to International Space Station

The Falcon 9 is slated to take off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, sometime during a two-hour window that begins at 12:33AM ET.

The rocket blasted off after midnight from Cape Canaveral carrying a Spanish communications satellite. "Can't believe it's been fifty Falcon 9 launches already". This will be launch satellite of SpaceX this year.

Since its first flight, the Falcon 9 has grown more than 50 feet and gained some 600,000 lbs. In a statement Monday, the Spanish company said its satellite would be tested for a week after it reaches its geostationary orbit.

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SpaceX rescheduled today's mission from February 24 to correct a problem with the Falcon 9's fairing pressurization system.

Musk's company reached another milestone with the flight, launching its 50th Falcon 9 from the same launch pad that hosted the maiden flight nearly eight years ago.

The launch that achieved the rocket's half-century took place from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida. However, it looks like SpaceX will not attempt one of its signature rocket landings at sea after takeoff.

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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 satellite aims to expand television, broadband and telecommunications service in Europe and Northwest Africa. "And lacking a foundation for a commercial space launch market, one then wonders if SpaceX would ever come to be-or at least be as aggressive in their development as they are today".

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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Live Stream: SpaceX will launch its live webcast at 11:45 p.m.

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