Yet another Falcon 9 rocket was launched into space by Elon Musk and his team. This is SpaceX 50th launch into space using their trusty Falcon 9 rocket. The payload aboard the rocket this time was a Hispasat commercial satellite and another one of Musk’s broadband satellites.
SpaceX 50th Launch
The last two most popular launches of the Falcon 9 rocket was when SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, and the successful PAZ satellite Mission. The first being seen as a test launch as well as a huge publicity stunt. The PAZ mission saw the successful deployment of the Spanish owned satellite which will be used for both commercial and government observation.
Also on the PAZ mission where two broadband satellites that come from Starlink, another one of Musk’s companies that is related to SpaceX. Musk plans to deploy around 12000 of these broadband satellites by 2025. He will use this infrastructure to create wireless broadband internet for the masses. Musk added another broadband satellite to the payload of the SpaceX 50th launch.
This past Tuesday was the SpaceX 50th launch which successfully transported 2 satellites into geostationary orbit in space. The American built, Spanish satellite known as the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite and a broadband satellite owned by Elon Musk made up the payload of this launch.
The Hispasat satellite is on a 15-year mission to serve as a beacon of information to Spanish countries across Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Hispasat is a Madrid based company that serves products such as internet, TV, and radio. The Hispasat satellite weighs around 6 tonnes and is the size of a bus. This makes it the largest geostationary satellite ever to be taken into space by SpaceX.
Falcon 9 and Hispasat 30W-6 are vertical on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Weather is 90% favorable for the two-hour launch window, which opens at 12:33 a.m. EST, 5:33 UTC. https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/cF49rWUTRw
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