Monday, 25 June, 2018

SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

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| 07 June, 2018, 09:09

Lighting up the deep overnight sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and blasted off from Cape Canaveral early Monday, boosting a powerful SES satellite into space that will deliver direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East.

The launch was set to attempt liftoff on Friday, with a launch window set for 12:29 a.m.

The first stage Falcon 9 rocket that was used for this launch was used initially for launching the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle a year ago in the month of September.

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. According to the company CEO Elon Musk, this could open the solar system to exploration while minimizing the cost of spacecraft.


Or it could help provide internet service to cell phone carriers or to passengers on planes and cruise ships, and to remote areas that lack reliable connections. 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.

Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for SES, said at a pre-launch press conference last week: 'The first stage is a Block 4, and the upper stage is a Block 5'. The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space. Halliwell said. SES will implement its strategy to launch for the fourth time. This version is developed for enhancing the reusability of the rocket. At the moment, this figure dropped to 40%, reflecting a sharp decline in the world in the number of orders for the construction and launch of larger commercial satellites.

Block 5 Falcon 9 is said to be the "final iteration" of the reusable rocket, with potential to handle far more launches than its predecessor, and could one day be used to carry astronauts to space. Rocket and payload are in Good health.

This is part of SpaceX's wider goal to make launching rockets similar to commercial flights, where they "can be flown again and again".

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