The SpaceX Hispasat 30W-6 Mission To Launch Tuesday Morning.

SpaceX has resolved the pressurization issue with the fairing on the Falcon 9 vehicle designated for Hispasat. SpaceX is now targeting for an early morning launch on Tuesday from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Hispasat 30W-6 mission is set to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket starting at 12:33 am and closing at 2:33 am.

SpaceX will not be using a flight proven, or previously flown core, instead opting to use a brand new core to launch the satellite into a GTO orbit.

Following a successful separation of the first stage, SpaceX will then attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage onto the autonomous drone-ship, “Of Course I Still Love You” that will be waiting in the Atlantic ocean a few hundred miles from the launch site. Update: SpaceX will not attempt a first stage landing due to payload weight. Since the payload is so heavy, the Falcon 9 first stage will expend almost all of its fuel, therefore the rocket will not be able to fly back to the drone-ship or further to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

About the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite

According to Hispasat:

SSL-built Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite has arrived at SpaceX launch base. Credit: SSL
SSL-built Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite has arrived at SpaceX launch base. Credit: SSL

The Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F), to be located at 30º W and will serve as a replacement for the Hispasat 1D, will give the Group additional Ku band capacity, in the Andean region and in Brazil. Likewise, the Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F) will expand the Group’s transatlantic capacity in Europe-America and America-Europe connectivity. C band capacity with American coverage and Ka-band capacity with European coverage will furthermore be incorporated, in order to enable HISPASAT to continue expanding its broadband service offer in the region.

The Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F) is expected to have a useful life of 15 years. The satellite will be built on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, with 11.5 kW power and a multi-mission payload distributed across:

  • 40 Ku band transponders, which serve two coverage areas:
  1. Europe and North Africa, with coverage on the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira; Mauritius, Morocco, Mediterranean countries in North West Africa and the large part of the European continent visible from 30º West.
  2. The Americas, with coverage from Canada to Patagonia, not including Brazil.
  • 6 Ka-band beams, with coverage on the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic and Canary Islands, North West Africa and South East and Central Europe.
  • 1 Ka BSS band beam, with coverage centered in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • 10 transponders in C band for this region: south USA, Caribean sea, and South America.

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