SpaceX, Elon Musk make more history with 50th Falcon 9 launch

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The launch window is scheduled to open at 12:33 a.m. ET but can last for up to two hours if necessary.

SpaceX will not try to land the Falcon 9's first stage after launch. Then, just a few days later on April 2nd, the company will launch a Falcon 9 and its Dragon spacecraft on a path to the International Space Station with supplies for the astronauts living there. The launch - 50th for the Falcon 9, if all goes well - for Spanish company Hispasat was last delayed from February 25.

"This capacity will enable us to contribute to the reduction of the digital divide on three continents, and that is something that fills us with satisfaction", said Antonio Abad, Hispasat's chief technology officer.

But 2017 was a banner year for the company, with a record 18 Falcon 9 launches, and no major launch mishaps. It is predicted that SpaceX's Falcon 9 may hit its landmark 50th launch faster than NASA's Atlas V and Space Shuttle programs.

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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.

A successful deployment to a geostationary transfer orbit was confirmed about 33 minutes after the liftoff. However, in the case of the latest launch, recovery was not possible due to "rough weather" and the booster was allowed to make a controlled landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

As the company says, the Hispasat 30W-6 will serve as a replacement of the Hispasat 30W-4 satellite, and provide television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunications solutions. It is also worth mentioning that this launch is the company's fifth launch this year with four of them using the Falcon 9 rockets. When this rocket lifts off, it'll be the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 since SpaceX first sent the vehicle up in 2010.

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