Photos: Falcon 9 Races into the Night with heavy Hispasat Communications Satellite

SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 rocket raced into a clear night over Florida’s Cape Canaveral after a mid-night hour liftoff on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lifting off from SLC-40 at 5:33:00 UTC, the Block 4 Falcon 9 successfully delivered the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit

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Midnight-Hour Falcon 9 Launch Sends Hispasat 30W-6 to Orbit, Weather Prevents Stage 1 Recovery

SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky over Florida’s Space Coast after a midnight-hour liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, blasting into orbit on a heavy-loaded mission with the Hispasat 30W-6 multi-purpose communications satellite.

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Rough Seas Force SpaceX to Scrub Falcon 9 Recovery Attempt on Upcoming Hispasat Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earmarked for a sea-based recovery will be forced to launch in expendable mode from Florida’s Space Coast just after midnight on Tuesday as sea states in the Atlantic will not permit a safe landing of the rocket’s first stage atop SpaceX’s Drone Ship that is sitting the mission out in port after the planned landing was called off.

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