Elon Musk's SpaceX fires one of the largest satellites in orbit

07 June, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Devin Moran
  • SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched early Monday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite.

The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

Falcon 9's first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission from Launch Complex 39A in September 2017.

The mission marked the 13th time in 14 months that SpaceX has re-flown a used Falcon 9 booster, which the company refers to as a "flight proven" rocket.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is delaying trips around the moon for tourists.


The National Weather Service had predicted decent weather for the launch with only a 20 percent chance of rain, with gusts as high as 18 to 20 miles per hour and sky cover of about 50 percent in the Titusville area. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window. Upgrades to the Falcon 9 rocket have seen it getting more of a use and focus lately.

"This is an incredibly flexible satellite that we're putting into our fleet", said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.

Halliwell said for the broadcasting and broadband satellites. In no time, social media was flooded with lovely pictures of the SES-12 lifting off into space along with timelapses and long exposure shots.

SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets". SpaceX is switching to a new and improved line of boosters, and so made no effort to recover this one.

"If you take all those numbers together, this is really exciting for us", he said.

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