SpaceX is marking the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, its satellite-delivery workhorse.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully this morning, hoisting a massive communications satellite for Spain's Hispasat corporation. The orbiting satellite is almost as big as a city bus.
No attempt was made to recover the first-stage booster afterwards because the waves offshore were too rough for a barge landing.
SpaceX has been flying the Falcon 9 since mid-2010. Fifty launches in less than eight years is a pretty good clip, by rocket standards.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk says via Twitter that he can't believe it's already been 50 launches and that just 10 years ago, the company couldn't even reach orbit with the little, original Falcon 1.
Very proud of the SpaceX team! Can’t believe it’s been fifty Falcon 9 launches already. Just ten years ago, we couldn’t even reach orbit with little Falcon 1.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2018
Musk sent out a tweet last night about the launch.
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 (@elonmusk) March 5, 2018