After a delay of more than ten days, SpaceX has finally scheduled the launch of its 50th Falcon 9 rocket on March 6 i.e. Tuesday at 12:33 am EST [0533 GMT]. SpaceX had to delay the launch of Falcon 9 rocket with the payload of Hispasat 30W-6 on February 25 citing technical snags with the payload fairings and its pressurization system. Unlike its previous delay, SpaceX didn’t release the reschedule date until now. The March 6 launch will be 50th rocket launch by SpaceX in its eight years of being in the industry.
SpaceX has pioneered its engineering front with advanced rockets and automatic guidance systems that have successful self-landed the rockets used in the liftoff of previous payloads. As per the number goes, SpaceX had successfully recovered 23 Falcon 9 rockets along with its boosters of which, 6 rockets have already made their second launch to space and back. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX has plans to make commercial travel to Mars a viable and plausible option along with colonization the red planet which is the center of attraction for space agencies and companies around the world. SpaceX has already claimed that it will send humans to Mars by 2024.
Talking about the early Tuesday launch, the rocket will carry Spanish satellite Hispasat 30W-6 made by California-based SSL to the geostationary orbit which is situated at 22,300 miles. The satellites will be used by Hispasat to provide broadband and other services to North Africa, Latin America, and the Iberian Peninsula, and others. The rocket will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, there is a catch. NASA’s GOES-S satellite is scheduled to launch later on Tuesday that will give SpaceX a 17-hour window to accomplish the task of launching a rocket and offloading the payload to its altitude. A SpaceX spokesperson stated that the agency will not try to recover the rockets and boosters jettisoned after lifting the payload to the appropriate altitude due to inappropriate weather conditions near the coast of Florida.
SpaceX has always showcased the launch of its rocket live on its website whether it is the launch of a broadband satellite or a cherry colored Tesla Roadster in the space. Thus, space enthusiasts can watch it online on SpaceX’s website which has already displayed the upcoming launch on March 6. Stay tuned at 12:33 am EST (9:33 PST) (0533 GMT) to watch it live or click on the video below to view it.