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SpaceX launches world's heaviest communication satellite
On early Tuesday, SpaceX successfully launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket mission. The rocket also lifted along the heaviest communication satellite it has ever carried. The satellite that was launched with the rocket was a Spanish communications satellite which was the size of a bus. The satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday morning.

"Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain. At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown," Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.

The launch that was earlier planned on February 25th was delayed by a week, but SpaceX seems to have been more rigorous with testing this time. It had put out a statement earlier on Twitter saying, "Standing down from this weekend's launch attempt to conduct additional testing on the fairing's pressurization system. Once complete, and pending range availability, we will confirm a new targeted launch date."

But at 12:33 EST, the 229-foot-tall rocket was successfully launched with engines generating 1.7 million pounds of thrust. The first stage was reached in about two and a half minutes launching the flight into the second stage. Usually SpaceX attempts to recover the used parts in a rocket but this time no such attempt was made to recover the first stage parts because the rough seas did not allow the recovery ship to venture into the sea.

The rocket was also able to reach a preliminary parking orbit within eight minutes and 40 seconds of the launch. The satellite will be stationed above the equator east of Brazil.

The company is planning to launch another Falcon Heavy Rocket on June 13th. This one is scheduled to have the most powerful booster ever made and is scheduled to put more than 20 satellites into orbit.

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