Less than two weeks after its launch outside California, SpaceX is ready to fly its next Falcon 9 rocket, this time from Florida. Tonight, the company has the task of sending a heavy communications satellite to the Hispasat operator, called Hispasat 30W-6. However, it appears that SpaceX will not attempt one of its characteristic rocket landings at sea after takeoff.
Many thought that this rocket would be dispensable. The weight of the satellite, more than 13,400 pounds (6,092 kilograms), makes it one of the heaviest loads for SpaceX. In addition, it is going to a high orbit about 22,000 miles (about 35,700 kilometers) above Earth known as a geostationary orbit. Get a heavy satellite that consumes a large amount of fuel, leaving few leftovers for the Falcon 9 to make a landing.
it seems that SpaceX will not attempt one of their signature rockets landings
It seems that SpaceX considered trying to save the vehicle at one point. Originally, the launch was scheduled for Sunday, February 26 and one of the company's remote-controlled boats had left the port of Cape Canaveral, Florida, a few days earlier, apparently to get into position in the Atlantic Ocean and catch the fallen rocket. However, SpaceX was forced to scrap that launch attempt to perform additional tests on the nose cone of the rocket or on the fairing of the payload. For this attempt, the drone is back in port, so it does not look like we will land this time.
The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite will provide TV and broadband coverage to Europe, North Africa and America. The satellite operator says the probe should last about 15 years in orbit.
The Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off early in the morning on Tuesday, sometime during a two-hour window that begins at 12:33 AM ET. So far, there is a 90 percent chance that the weather is good for the flight. SpaceX coverage usually starts 15 minutes before takeoff, so check it out to get a launch on your plans for Monday night.