SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches comms satellite

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX

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SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Monday, June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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. SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

SpaceX had hoped to launch the SES-12 satellite last week, but a combination of factors, including additional second stage inspections, pushed the flight to Monday.

SES was the first company to accept a ride on a used SpaceX rocket, back in March 2017. 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. This launch came only after 2 weeks of the company's successful launching of a cluster of satellites in their orbit.

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.

"SpaceX also is confronting industry doubts about market demand for its Falcon Heavy rocket", it said.

Initially, the launch of the booster along with the SES-12 satellite was aimed on May 31,2018.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, "More content". The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space. This version is developed for enhancing the reusability of the rocket. SpaceX is transitioning to an upgraded model, referred to as Block 5, which it says will be able to fly 10 or more times with minimal maintenance.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight.

Announcers said at the time that the Block 5 rocket and its payload were "in good health" but that it would use the following 24 hours to check what "threw the abort today".

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