Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

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

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

They said: "Successful deployment of Hispasat 30W-6 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed".

About the launch, CEO Elon Musk said, "At first, it sounds really easy: Just stick two first stages on as strap-on boosters".

The payload is expected to deploy 33 minutes after the launch of the rocket. This time the payload is a communication satellite, weighing 60 ton.

If all goes well, SpaceX will launch its second Falcon Heavy rocket as early as June 13, using the world's most powerful booster to put more than 20 small satellites into orbit after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.

The satellite aims to expand television, broadband and telecommunications service in Europe and northwest Africa. These include about six Falcon 9 missions planned for the next two months, starting with a March 29 flight with voice and data relay satellites, and a resupply flight to the International Space Station in early April. It is indeed the largest in volume that SpaceX has ever launched to GTO.

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

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Musk sent out a tweet last night about the launch.

Tuesday's launch marked the 50th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and the fourth Falcon 9 flight of the 2018.

The satellite, built by Space Systems Loral, is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders, seven Ka beams and 10 C-band transponders.

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

In the launches that took place before, SpaceX tried to land the first stage of Falcon rockets on the spaceport drone ship, called Of Course I Still Love You, located in the Atlantic Ocean. Once the tests are all complete, it would be moved to "its final orbital position, 30 degrees West, where it will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4".

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