SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers massive commercial satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral

Greg Lawrence
June 7, 2018

The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. It was the 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's 11th flight so far this year and the company's fifth launch for SES.

The Article from SPACEX POSTPONES THE LAUNCH OF IT'S SATELLITE TO JUNE 4. The new SES satellite will reach and replace the existing satellite.

It can help provide with Internet services to mobile operators, passengers on airplanes, cruise liners, as well as remote areas that are still without reliable connections.

"We believe there are around about a billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity through the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", Hemingway told reporters last week. The SES, which is a Luxembourg-based telecom company, said that the SES-12 is one among its biggest launches aimed at providing crucial information to the Earth.

Instead, the satellite will rely on electric propulsion, using pulses of xenon gas to slowly circularize its orbit around the equator over a period of months.

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SpaceX made no attempt to recover the earlier-generation "block 4" first stage, which was limited to only two flights. The initial Falcon 9 Block 5 was launched in the month of May.

SpaceX readied a Falcon 9 rocket for launch early Monday to boost a powerful SES communications satellite into orbit, providing direct-to-home video, high-speed data relay, broadband, maritime and aircraft connectivity across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to those markets".

In January, the same newspaper reported that the National Board of the U.S. on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) postpones until spring 2019 start of regular manned flight spacecraft developed by SpaceX and Boeing.

The company flew it for a second time today as part of its goal to use rocket stages multiple times in a bid to cut the costs of its trips to orbit. Another commercial satellite launch from the Cape may also be possible.

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