SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 with a spanish satellite early Tuesday

SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 with a spanish satellite early Tuesday

The satellite, Hispasat 30W-6, is said to be the largest SpaceX has ever launched in the Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The company announced at the end of February that the launch would be delayed due to extended testing and scheduling issues.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk shared his reactions via a Twitter post after the successful launch. "At 6 metric tons and nearly the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we've ever flown", SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter on Monday (March 5).

The satellite aims to expand television, broadband and telecommunications services in Europe and northwest Africa.

The engines shut down and the first stage fell away about two-and-a-half minutes after launch and the flight continued on the power of the second stage's single Merlin engine. Usually SpaceX attempts to recover the used parts in a rocket but this time no such attempt was made to recover the first stage parts because the rough seas did not allow the recovery ship to venture into the sea.

In less than a decade, SpaceX has gone from launching its first vehicle into space to flying its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket a total of 50 times.

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If SpaceX gets the all clear for launch tomorrow, the satellite delivery will mark the 50th flight mission for the company's signature reusable rocket.

This payload is heavier than anything SpaceX has sent into geostationary orbit with the intention of landing the booster afterward. SpaceX has also logged one launch of the powerful triple-body Falcon Heavy rocket this year, bringing the company's tally for 2018 to five missions. SpaceX have tweeted that conditions are pretty favourable though, so we should see a launch this evening.

The satellite will then be placed at its final orbital position of 30° West, where it will replace and broaden the capacity of the Hispasat 30W-4.

Hispasat 30W-6 is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders, as well as 10 in C-band and 6 in Ka-band.

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