SpaceX Will Launch Hispasat 30w-6 Aboard Falcon 9 Rocket. 

The next launch from Florida’s Space Coast is the SpaceX Hispasat 30w-6 mission and will be SpaceX’s eighth mission of the new year and 50th overall launch of the Falcon 9. This mission, scheduled for February 25, 2018, at 12:30 AM and has since been postponed. The Hispasat 30w-6 mission was delayed due to what SpaceX is saying “we are standing down from our planned launch of Hispasat 30w-6 to conduct additional testing on the fairing’s pressurization system.” SpaceX will update the launch day and time, pending launch range availability.

The Hispasat 30w-6 mission follows the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy Demo Flight earlier this month from launch complex 39A. Hispasat 30w-6 will launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift the satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). After a successful separation of the first stage, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Landing Zone 1 or LZ-1. 

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 has an estimated useful life of 15 years and has been constructed on SSL’s 1300 satellite platform, will replace the Hispasat 30W-4 satellite. The satellite will be located at 30º West and will provide television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunication solutions, giving Hispasat’s system additional Ku band capacity in the Andean region and Brazil. This is quite the workhorse satellite, as it will also expand the network’s transatlantic capacity in Europe-America and America-Europe connectivity, while its C band capacity will provide American coverage and Ka-band capacity will provide European coverage.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 first core for this launch is built on the B1044.1 (Block IV) core with titanium grid fins. 

We will update the website when we learn about a new launch date and time for the mission. 

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