Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Just Completed Another Successful Launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Just Completed Another Successful Launch

But getting the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite to orbit was the primary goal of the flight and the second stage did just that, reaching a preliminary parking orbit about eight minutes and 40 seconds after launch.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk's grand visions for space exploration include sending tourists into orbit around the moon, and eventually, colonising Mars.

The rocket is carrying Hispasat 30W-6 which will travel to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. This time the payload is a communication satellite, weighing 60 ton. "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". It broadcasts more than 1,250 radio and television channels through its satellites to more than 30 million homes in Brazil and the Andes mountain regions of South America.

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.

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SpaceX has launched its largest payload to date - the Hispasat 30W-6 from Cape Canaveral after more than a week of delays.

The launch had been previously delayed and ran over a week late. Such types of satellites orbit our planet within 24 hours, while appearing in a stationary state in the sky, which is an important condition for all communication stations according to CBS News.

The launch pad roared back to life in December, when it hosted a SpaceX mission that sent 4,800 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. "Built on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, Hispasat 30W-6 is expected to have a useful life of 15 years with 10.5 kW power". It is the 50 time that a Falcon 9 rocket has been launched since their first voyage in 2010.

The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite was designed and constructed by California-based Space Systems/Loral.

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