SpaceX delivers using 50th Falcon 9 rocket

posted by Jim Banke - 

SpaceX successfully delivered a commercial communications satellite into Earth orbit early Tuesday morning with its 50th Falcon 9 rocket.

Launch was on time at 12:33 a.m. EST from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Flying a new first stage, that 14-story tall segment of the 229-foot-tall rocket was not recovered because of bad weather downrange in the Atlantic Ocean that prevented deployment of the landing barge.

The next launch from the Space Coast is now targeted for April 2 when another Falcon 9 is to fly, this time with a Dragon spacecraft making a cargo run to the International Space Station.

Liftoff is planned for 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Next Launch April 2

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