If sending Teslas to space was not enough of a record, Elon Musk's space agency SpaceX today launched into orbit its Falcon 9 rocket carrying what is said to be its largest payload till date. The launch happened at exactly 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT) Tuesday. 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.
Of the 49 completed launches, 47 are classified as successes.
Commenting on its launch, Carlos Espinós, CEO of Hispasat, said: "this new satellite will allow us to meet the growing connectivity demand detected in the market".
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SpaceX rescheduled today's mission from February 24 to correct a problem with the Falcon 9's fairing pressurization system. Over the years, "Block" upgrades made the Falcon 9 more powerful, and the rocket's advanced avionics eventually led to the propulsive landings that have become commonplace over the last few years.
These "recycled" rocket launches are part of SpaceX's goal to lower the cost of spaceflight and re-use expensive rocket parts instead of tossing them in the ocean after each launch.
Hispasat 30W-6 serves as a replacement for the Hispasat 30W-4 satellite, providing television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunications solutions.
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Since everything appeared to go according to plan, the satellite should now be in its highly elliptical geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) around Earth. A similar launch was successful when SpaceX had sent 4,800 pounds of payload into the orbit towards the global space station.
SpaceX only flew the Falcon 9 for the first time eight years ago, in a 2010 test mission for NASA.
Live Stream: SpaceX will launch its live webcast at 11:45 p.m.
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