Sarah Lewin, associate editor at Space.com, breaks down SpaceX's landmark 50th Falcon 9 launch.
A geostationary satellite orbits around the earth. An Indonesian relay station is expected to launch atop a Falcon 9 from Florida sometime in May, with another space station resupply mission expected to go up June 9.
The rocket was carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite, a commercial communications satellite.
The first stage participated in a series of re-entry rocket firings, but the company didn't expect that the booster would survive the impact into the water.
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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. The launch is planned for 12:33 a.m. Tuesday.
"At six metric tonnes and nearly the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown", SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said on Twitter. "It is the culmination of the current growth phase of the companFor Madrid-based Hispasat and its Brazilian subsidiary Hispamar, Latin America is the largest market".
The satellite was successfully deployed about 33 minutes after launch. Also, this one marks 2018's fifth launch for SpaceX and four of them were using Falcon 9 rockets. Since its inaugural flight, the Falcon 9 has beefed up and added thruster power, making it one of the most capable launch systems in the aerospace industry.
SpaceX has 30 missions scheduled for 2018, nearly doubling the number from 18 in 2017.
Hispasat 30W-6 was built by California company SSL (formerly Space Systems/Loral) and has a design lifetime of 15 years, SpaceX representatives added. The satellite that will soon take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is called as 30W-6.