SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 mission in less than eight years is set for launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida late Monday, Pacific time.
The mission will carry Hispasat 30W-6, a Spanish communications satellite. The two-hour launch window starts at 9:33 p.m. PT Monday. SpaceX will not attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage after launch due to unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area off of Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
To date, SpaceX has successfully landed and recovered a Falcon 9 a total of 23 times, including boosters used in the Falcon Heavy launch. The company has also successfully used six rockets for multiple missions.
Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain. At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we’ve ever flown.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2018
Tweeting about Monday’s mission, CEO Elon Musk said “At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we’ve ever flown.”
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