Falcon 9 successfully completed another launch. However, the launch was delayed to allow time for more checks on the pressurization system for Falcon 9's payload.

The 50th Falcon 9 mission marks a milestone for the rocket, which had its first successful maiden flight in 2010. The company tends to refer to all three versions as one extended family, taking the total number of missions to 50 with the latest launch. The satellite that will soon take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is called as 30W-6.

Powered by nine Merlin engines, the Falcon 9's first stage has also mastered the art of landing upright on solid ground or floating platforms in the ocean after launch.


Tuesday's launch was delayed from February 25 for tests of the pressurization system in the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, which worked as planned during the launch.

SpaceX has 30 missions scheduled for 2018, nearly doubling the number from 18 in 2017. A similar launch was successful when SpaceX had sent 4,800 pounds of payload into the orbit towards the worldwide space station.

As its name implies, Hispasat 30W-6 eventually will be stationed above the equator east of Brazil at 30 degrees west longitude where it will replace an older satellite, Hispasat 1D, providing additional high-speed Ku-band coverage of the Andes region and Brazil, along with expanded service to the Americas and western Europe.


The Falcon 9 achieved 50 successful launches more than four years faster than United Launch Alliance's Atlas V, which debuted in 2002 and has been the US government's workhorse for national security and high-value science payloads.

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