Space X will be launching their 50th Falcon 9 Rocket, with a payload that will set a new record. The launch window is set to begin at 12:33 AM EST (9:33 PM PST)
The Falcon 9 launching today is carrying Hispasat 30W-6, a satellite destined for Geostationary Transfer Orbit.
Hispasat 30W-6 is the largest satellite SpaceX has ever delivered to geostationary orbit, with a total weight of six metric tons and a physical footprint nearly the size of a city bus, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
Hispasat is a Spanish satellite company, and SpaceX previously launched a payload to be operated by them on its recent mission that also included SpaceX’s very first own demonstration satellites for its eventual global broadband internet service.
There won’t be an attempt by SpaceX for the recovery of this rocket, in this case, because of inclement weather off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic.
The launch itself will take off from SpaceX’s SLC-40 launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
If it’s scrubbed for any reason, there’s a backup opportunity that kicks off at 12:33 AM EST on Wednesday, March 7.