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SpaceX Launches Spanish Communication Satellite Into Space

07 March, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • SpaceX to launch a record-sized satellite

The company intends to launch a Hispasat 30W-6 spacecraft, a Spanish commercial communications satellite, to a geostationary transfer orbit, according to NASA.

The satellite was deployed into geo-stationary orbit roughly half an hour into the flight, SpaceX said in a live webcast.

Elon Musk's SpaceX will be launching flight 50 for the Falcon 9 tonight with a payload of Spain's Hispasat satellite.

Falcon 9 waiting on the launchpad about 10 minutes before launch.

In the past few years, SpaceX has experienced some failed missions but after that has been able to complete more than twelve successful journeys to space. The reason for not doing this was that there were certain unfavorable weather conditions during the launch that did not allow for it near the recovery area off the Florida coast in the Atlantic.

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SpaceX will try once again to launch a Spanish satellite into space from Florida early Tuesday morning. Less than a decade ago, the company launched Falcon 9 rocket as the first of its mission in June 2010.

One of Falcon 9's biggest successes has been SpaceX's ability to recover the initial booster stage after its flight, thereby reusing it for future missions and drastically lowering costs. "Utilizing the satellite's Ka band transponders, Hispasat 30W-6 will enable Hispasat to expand its broadband service offering in the European region and northwest Africa".

Before Tuesday, Hispasat's previous Cape launches were on 2000 and 2002 on Atlas rockets.

Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth at the same speed that it rotates on its axis, effectively remaining in a stationary position in the sky.

The Range managed by the Air Force's 45th Space Wing now enters a lull until early April, when SpaceX could return with another launch of International Space Station supplies.



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