Watch SpaceX Send a Six Metric Ton Satellite to Space With Its 50th Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
Expanding broadband offerings in Europe and Africa.
After launching the world’s most powerful operational rocket last month, Elon Musk continued SpaceX‘s aerospace missions by sending its 50th Falcon 9 rocket into space. This time around SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried a 30W-6 satellite made by Spanish communications firm Hispasat.
Successfully launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, according to Musk the rocket’s payload is almost as big as a bus and weighs six metric tons. Serving as the largest geostationary satellite SpaceX has ever sent into orbit, the satellite now in space will expand Hispasat’s broadband offerings in Europe and Africa. Unlike previous missions, the rocket launched will not return back to Earth due to “unfavorable weather conditions.”
The latest satellite launch comes shortly after rumors that Elon Musk will be using SpaceX to expand Tesla’s internet broadband services. With the recent successful launch, the possibility of a team up would see the establishment of two satellite constellations and one receiving ground station.
Watch SpaceX monumental 50th Falcon 9 launch and successful placement of Hispasat’s 30W-6 satellite into orbit above.
Falcon 9 flight 50 launches tonight, carrying Hispasat for Spain. At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we’ve ever flown.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2018