SpaceX Falcon 9 deployed successfully launching Hispasat 30W-6 satellite

Hannah Rogers
March 7, 2018

However, after the delays, the rocket carried the Hispasat 30W-6 from Cape Canaveral, which is a Spanish communications satellite and is the size of a city bus. It will provide television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunications solutions.

"At 6 metric tons and nearly the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted late Monday.

Last month, SpaceX successfully delivered a different Spanish satellite into orbit. The Falcon 9 has evolved considerably since its first test flights to become the only fully reusable launch platform in the world. SpaceX have tweeted that conditions are pretty favourable though, so we should see a launch this evening.

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.

Tuesday's launch was the first launch for SpaceX from Cape Canaveral since the record-breaking Falcon Heavy launch on February 6.

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As that note indicates, any landing attempt this morning would have taken place at sea, with the booster aiming for the deck of a robotic SpaceX "drone ship".

SpaceX says the Hispasat 30W-6 is the heaviest and biggest payload ever put in the orbit by the company.

Now that the Hispasat launch is behind SpaceX, the company can prepare for an extremely busy March, and spring schedule in general.

The Falcon 9 first flew in 2010, and since then has become the California-based company's workhorse for sending supplies to the International Space Station, as well as launching both commercial satellites and secretive government payloads. PAZ is a synthetic-aperture radar satellite created to capture high-res images of Earth's surface.

Hispasat 30W-6 has 40 Ku-band transponders, up to 6 Ka-band beams and 10 C-band transponders.

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