Aerospace Manufacturer and space transportation company Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX on tuesday launched Spanish satellite Hispasat 30W-6 into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX launched the satellite at 12.34 a.m., using a Falcon 9 rocket.
It was placed in a geo-stationary orbit minutes later where it will now be testing its functionalities for several weeks. Following the test phase, the satellite will assume its final orbital position, 30 degrees West, and replace Hispasat 30W-4, in orbit since September 2002. The launch was initially scheduled for last week but was postponed after defects in the pressurization system on the Falcon 9’s payload fairing were detected.
Very proud of the SpaceX team! Can’t believe it’s been fifty Falcon 9 launches already. Just ten years ago, we couldn’t even reach orbit with little Falcon 1.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2018