Talking about the early Tuesday launch, the rocket will carry Spanish satellite Hispasat 30W-6 made by California-based SSL to the geostationary orbit which is situated at 22,300 miles.
The satellite weighs six tonnes and is nearly the size of a city bus, making it the largest geostationary satellite that SpaceX has taken into space. In a statement Monday, the Spanish company said its satellite would be tested for a week after it reaches its geostationary orbit.
SpaceX's next launch is now slated for March 29, with 10 satellites for mobile communications company Iridium. The launch - 50th for the Falcon 9, if all goes well - for Spanish company Hispasat was last delayed from February 25. Speaking after the launch, Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinos said, "This new satellite will allow us to meet the growing connectivity demand detected in the market.In the hyperconnected world in which we live, access to quality broadband is an essential need for economic, social and even personal development, and this satellite fulfils this need in places other technologies can not reach". However, the launch was delayed to allow time for more checks on the pressurization system for Falcon 9's payload. However, it looks like SpaceX will not attempt one of its signature rocket landings at sea after takeoff.More news: Google To Sell Zagat To The Infatuation
The rocket took off promptly at 12:33 AM, and deployed its payload just shy of 33 minutes later.
But SpaceX rebounded last year with an 18-mission surge, and aims to exceed that total this year. 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. A second firing was required to put Hispasat 30W-6 into the required highly elliptical "transfer" orbit.