Tonight, HISPASAT is targeting launch of its new communications satellite, Hispasat 30W-6 (H30W-6), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is scheduled for 06:34 Spanish time (00:34h on 6, in Florida), after the fairing’s pressurization system incident was solved.
The launch vehicle responsible for putting H30W-6 into its transfer orbit will be SpaceX's Falcon 9. From there, the satellite will move towards the geostationary orbit where, for a few weeks, the tests established to make sure it is working properly after the launch will be carried out. Once completed, the satellite will be placed at its final orbital position, 30º West, where it will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4.
Hispasat 30W-6 was manufactured by Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto (California) and involved the significant participation of the Spanish aerospace industry.
HISPASAT's new satellite offers improved coverage and services that increase the operator's offer in C and Ku bands, as well as new connectivity solutions in Ka band that will enable broadband Internet access in rural areas. As such, Hispasat 30W-6 will contribute to the reduction of the digital divide in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, promote the distribution of audiovisual content in Latin America and provide connectivity in high-speed rail or maritime services in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.