(NBC) - SpaceX successfully launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket from Florida overnight.
The rocket launched shortly after midnight from Cape Canaveral on the Space Coast.
The Falcon Nine rocket carried a massive communications satellite that provides television, broadband and other services to North America, Europe and North Africa.
The payload weighed 6 metric tons, and according to CEO Elon Musk, has the physical footprint of a city bus.
The company did not attempt to land the Falcon 9's first stage after the launch due to poor weather conditions in the recovery area.
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