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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket officially marked its 50 flight when it successfully launched the Spanish communication satellite into space from Cape Canaveral early on Tuesday.

The 30W-6 satellite will provide coverage in Brazil and the Andes mountain range in South America. That satellite weighs about 6 ton and is the size of a bus, according to Musk, and will be the largest satellite SpaceX has flown yet. This launch is for the U.S. Air Force and will carry 25 satellites into orbit.

The Falcon 9 is slated to take off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, sometime during a two-hour window that begins at 12:33AM ET.

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The Falcon 9 achieved 50 successful launches more than four years faster than United Launch Alliance's Atlas V, which debuted in 2002 and has been the US government's workhorse for national security and high-value science payloads. In the hyperconnected world in which we live, access to quality broadband is an essential need for economic, social and even personal development, and this satellite fulfils this need in places other technologies can not reach. However, the launch was delayed to allow time for more checks on the pressurization system for Falcon 9's payload.

But getting the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite to orbit was the primary goal of the flight and the second stage did just that, reaching a preliminary parking orbit about eight minutes and 40 seconds after launch. The first stage, meanwhile, fell back into the atmosphere but no attempt was made to recover the rocket.

The Madrid-based company Hispasat will use the newly launched satellite for a variety of purposes.

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SpaceX's booster recovery ship remained in Port Canaveral and didn't go to the location, due to the increasing risks from rough seas that could jeopardize the mission.

Lewin also looks ahead to SpaceX's next Falcon Heavy launch which will take place in June.

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