SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

Flying with a reused first stage booster, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into orbit from Florida's Space Coast early Monday with a commercial communications satellite for the Luxembourg-based operator SES. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions. It came close to the end of its 4-hour launch window because of an issue with the Flight Termination System.

"This is one of the largest, if not the largest satellites we've launched", he said.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday.


SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

The SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and will deliver high-speed data across Asia and the Pacific.

Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment. According to the mission's press kit, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff. The launch of SES-10 in March 2017 was a big milestone for SpaceX, which has been working toward reusable rockets for 15 years before successfully launching a recovered first-stage rocket.

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