The Hispasat 30W-6 (H30W-6) satellite is now in its definitive orbital position at 30º West and will begin to offer the telecommunications services that it was designed for in the next few days, after having successfully passed the exhaustive tests conducted in space. This satellite was launched on 6 March from the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex in Florida, on board a Falcon 9 launch vehicle made by SpaceX.
With a useful life of 15 years, the H30W-6 will offer video contribution and cellular backhaul services, as well as business solutions and broadband internet in its coverage areas: Europe, North-east Africa and the American continent. Specifically, this new satellite expands the operator's offer in the Ka and Ku bands and incorporates a new beam in the C band with Pan-American coverage. With this configuration, the Hispasat 30W-6 will contribute to reducing the digital divide in Spain, North Africa, and Latin America.
This satellite's Ka band beams cover Spain and Morocco and will provide internet access at 30 Mbps in rural areas, thus opening the doors to the Information Society in places where it has not been possible to do so with other telecommunications infrastructures. This new satellite offers highquality connectivity thanks to the Ka band, which is much more powerful than other frequency bands, which allows internet users to have a greater browsing speed.
On the other hand, the Hispasat 30W-6 will reinforce the distribution of audiovisual contents in Latin America, allowing access to more than 50 million users through its audiovisual distribution platforms, while also offering connectivity on high speed trains, as well as maritime services in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, among other places.
The Hispasat 30W-6 carries a receiver demo in the Ka band based on photonic technology whose modules have been designed by two Spanish companies, DAS Photonics and TRYO Aerospace. With similar features to the receivers currently available on the market, the application of photonic technology to these components will significantly reduce their mass and volume and improve the payload's performance.
On the other hand, this satellite has been launched with a new innovative antenna tower (an element which constitutes the structural support for the assembly of different pieces of equipment) made with elements created through 3D printing, in which the solid traditional panels have been replaced by much lighter polymer and metal tubes which have contributed to significantly decreasing the mass. 3D printing has accelerated the manufacturing process and reduced production periods. It spurs innovation in the satellite sector and provides solutions w