Space X is all set to launch Hispasat 30W-6 from Kennedy Space Center, and if the plan goes accordingly then this will be a landmark launch for SpaceX, as Hispasat 30W-6 will be the 50th time the company’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches into space since its maiden flight in June 2010.
Nearly escaping bankruptcy in 2008 after three the failed launches, today the company has about $10 billion worth of launches booked, successfully built the world's most powerful operational rocket, and boasts an ambitious goal to colonize Mars.
After the success of Falcon Heavy rocket, this launch will be an important deal for SpaceX, the company that sells itself on the success of its recycled and reusable rockets.
Weighed 12,000 pounds, Hispasat satellite is much heavier than anything the Falcon 9 has carried before while landing safely.
SpaceX’s schedule for 2018 is jam-packed. Nearly a dozen Falcon 9 launches and two commercial Falcon Heavy launches are already scheduled, and also, there are other payloads waiting, yet still unscheduled.
SpaceX is also planning to open a new launch facility in south Texas before the end of the year, so as to ease the hectic schedule.
As of now, SpaceX leases three launch facilities from the United States government. A pair in Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and another at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company’s South Texas Launch Site would give SpaceX total control of the launch process for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
Musk and SpaceX will face competition from a number of companies in the near future, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin that is developing reusable, next-generation rocket engines and boosters.