SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully carries its largest payload ever - a bus-sized satellite

SpaceX sets another record with its 50th Falcon 9 launch.

  • Published: March 6, 2018 6:56 PM IST

If sending Teslas to space was not enough of a record, Elon Musk‘s space agency SpaceX today launched into orbit its Falcon 9 rocket carrying what is said to be its largest payload till date. The 50th Falcon 9 launch was earlier targeted for February 25. However, after the delays, the rocket carried the Hispasat 30W-6 from Cape Canaveral, which is a Spanish communications satellite and is the size of a city bus.

SpaceX announced the successful deployment of the rocket in the orbit through its tweet.

SpaceX says the Hispasat 30W-6 is the heaviest and biggest payload ever put in the orbit by the company. According to a report on IBT, SpaceX said that the time taken from launch off the Cape Canaveral to deployment of the satellite was only about 33 minutes. In that duration, the Falcon 9 placed the Spanish satellite in GTO at an altitude of around 37,000 km above the Earth. The satellite will remain in geostationary orbit and will take one day to complete an orbit.

As the company says, the Hispasat 30W-6 will serve as a replacement of the Hispasat 30W-4 satellite, and provide television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunications solutions. “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,” the company is quoted as saying.

Soon after the successful deployment of the satellite, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted saying it is the 50th Falcon 9 launch already. It is also worth mentioning that this launch is the company’s fifth launch this year with four of them using the Falcon 9 rockets.

Last month, SpaceX put a Tesla car in the orbit using a Falcon Heavy rocket. The car was recently spotted floating in space. It is expected that over time the car will eventually settle into its own orbital path around the Sun and not end up in pieces on Mars.

  • Published Date: March 6, 2018 6:56 PM IST