Successful launch for Hispasat 30W-6
March 6, 2018 11.24 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
Hispasat has successfully launched its 12th satellite Hispasat 30W-6 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop SpaceX’s launch vehicle Falcon 9.
From its orbital position at 30 degrees West, it will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4.
Hispasat 30W-6 has 40 Ku-band transponders, up to 6 Ka-band beams and 10 C-band transponders.
It has beams aimed at the Mediterranean, Europe, Spain, northeast Africa and the American continent. It also increases the operator’s offer in Ka and Ku bands, and incorporates a new C-band beam with Pan American coverage.
This configuration enables Hispasat 30W-6 to contribute to the reduction in the digital divide in North Africa, Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula. It will offer better services, including the distribution of audiovisual content in Latin America, enabling access for over 50 million users through their audiovisual distribution platforms.
Hispasat 30W-6 is the fourth satellite of the Hispasat fleet to be built by Space Systems Loral using its 1300 platform and involved the participation of Spanish companies for the manufacture of several components and development of the ground segment: Thales Alenia Space España, Airbus D&S España, TRYO Aerospace, DAS Photonics, Iberespacio, GMV and Indra.
Commenting on its launch, Carlos Espinós, CEO of Hispasat, said: “this new satellite will allow us to meet the growing connectivity demand detected in the market. In the hyperconnected world in which we live, access to quality broadband is an essential need for economic, social and even personal development, and this satellite fulfils this need in places other technologies cannot reach. Hispasat 30W-6 allows us to broaden capacity and services, while completing the current phase of the company’s growth plan”.