The Spanish Hispasat 30W-6 satellite reached a geostationary transfer orbit after a successful boost atop of a Falcon 9 rocket launched from the USA state of Florida, the rocket manufacturer Space X said in a statement Tuesday.
A launch forecast issued by the Air Force shows the launch window is between 12:33 a.m. and 2:33 a.m. Tuesday.
The satellite was deployed approximately 33 minutes after launch.
Those highlights include the first-ever launch of the company's behemoth Falcon Heavy, which is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, and the deployment of two experimental satellites - a pioneering test for Musk's plan to bathe Earth in high-speed, low-priced internet access. The 70-meter tall vehicle didn't begin real commercial service until 2013, with its first commercial satellite launch. At the moment Hispasat operates seven geostationary communications satellites.
While this is the 50th flight for SpaceX during its history, this marked the fifth flight this year. Its Falcon Heavy launch not only exceeded just about everyone's expectations, but also reinvigorated interest in everything the company has been working to achieve for so long.
A SpaceX drone ship with a Falcon 9 first stage which was recovered after the Formosat-5 mission, August 24, 2017. An Indonesian relay station is expected to launch atop a Falcon 9 from Florida sometime in May, with another space station resupply mission expected to go up June 9. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took nine years and seven months to hit that mark, while the space shuttle program launched 50 times in its first 11 years and 5 months.
Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth at the same speed that it rotates on its axis, effectively remaining in a stationary position in the sky.
Hispasat 30W-6, according to SpaceX, is the biggest, heaviest payload they have ever put in orbit.
In case you missed the live coverage of the launch, make sure to check out the webcast on SpaceX's site.