Elon Musk’s SpaceX will be launching flight 50 for the Falcon 9 tonight with a payload of Spain’s Hispasat satellite. That satellite weighs about 6 ton and is the size of a bus, according to Musk, and will be the largest satellite SpaceX has flown yet.
You can catch the livestream right here!
SpaceX successfully launched the payload into geostationary orbit this afternoon. You can watch the replay below!
The launch window will open at 4:33pm AEDT and remain open for two hours, with a backup launch window opening tomorrow at the same time should things go awry. SpaceX have tweeted that conditions are pretty favourable though, so we should see a launch this evening.
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
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 5, 2018
The payload, the Hispasat 30W-6 will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. However, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will not be recovered due to unfavourable weather conditions in the recovery area. The payload is expected to be launched into geostationary orbit about 33 minutes after takeoff.
The livestream is linked below: