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SpaceX won't attempt landing on their January 30 launch

The launch will also mark one of the last launches with this generation of the Falcon 9 rocket.

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Lana Jelic
Published Thu, Jan 26 2017 9:35 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

After a longer break, SpaceX recently launched their Falcon 9 rocket and successfully returned it to Earth. Their second this year's launch is scheduled for January 30th.

SpaceX won't attempt landing on their January 30 launch | TweakTown.com

However, this time they won't even try to land the rocket. Musk himself confirmed this on Twitter explaining that the problem is heavy payload that the Falcon 9 rocket has to carry.

The January 30th launch will involve a Falcon 9 rocket carrying communication satellite EchoStar 23 that will be placed in the elliptical orbit at 35,000 kilometers from Earth. In order to deliver it to the required height, it will take a lot of fuel and great speed. In addition, the satellite is 5.4 tons heavy meaning that the Falcon 9 won't have any extra fuel for a landing attempt.

The launch will also mark one of the last launches with this generation of the Falcon 9 rocket. During this year, it will be replaced with a Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, and the Falcon Heavy, which is in the development and is waiting for its first flight.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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