Hispasat, SpaceX ready for new LATAM video satellite launch
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 23 February 2018

Spain's Hispasat is counting down to the launch of its new satellite, Hispasat 30W-6, on board a SpaceX's Falcon 9, scheduled for 25 February from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Hispasat 30W-6 will offer improved coverage and services across the C- and Ku-band, boosting Hispasat's capabilities for video distribution in Latin America.

The satellite will also offer connectivity solutions in Ka-band that will enable broadband Internet access in rural areas, aiming to reduce the digital divide in LATAM, Spai, Portugal, and North Africa, in addition to providing connectivity in high-speed rail or maritime services in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Once the launch succeeds, the satellite will move towards the geostationary orbit where, for a few weeks, the tests established to make sure it is working properly will be carried out.

Then, the satellite, which was manufactured by Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto (California), will be placed at its final orbital position, 30 West, where it will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4.

Both Hispasat and its Brazilian subsidiary Hispamar will stream the launch live on their respective websites.