Speaking after the launch, Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinos 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 can not reach".
The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite will be deployed approximately 33 minutes after launch. In that time, the Falcon placed the satellite in GTO at an altitude of around 37,500 km above Earth.
The Hispasat 30W-6 is slightly heavier than the Falcon's typical payloads, which means the rocket will have to burn through more fuel to get it into geostationary orbit.
The Hispasat satellite, built by SSL, will provide high-definition broadcasting and broadband Internet service to Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas.
Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth at the same speed that it rotates on its axis, effectively remaining in a stationary position in the sky.
Less than two weeks after launching out of California, SpaceX is ready to fly its next Falcon 9 rocket, this time from Florida.
No attempt was made to recover the first-stage booster afterwards because the waves offshore were too rough for a barge landing.
Hispasat 30W-6 has 40 Ku-band transponders, up to 6 Ka-band beams and 10 C-band transponders.
Unlike most other Falcon 9 launches, this one did not have the first stage rocket come back and land to be reused again.
Tonight's launch will be the first launch for SpaceX from Cape Canaveral since the record-breaking Falcon Heavy launch on February 6. However, SpaceX was forced to scrap that launch attempt to do extra testing on the rocket's nose cone, or payload fairing.
The satellite is Madrid-based Hispasat's 11th in orbit, concluding an expansion that more than doubled the company's fleet over the past five years.