SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

Jun 07, 2018, 09:05
SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

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.

Today's launch was SpaceX's 56th Falcon 9 rocket flight - the company's 11th flight this year and its fifth launch for Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.

"It's big", said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES, of the satellite.

SES-12, is equipped with wide beams and high throughput beams and will provide video, fixed data, mobility and government services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

The moon missin delay comes as SpaceX is predicting a almost 40 percent drop in launches for the next year, WSJ noted, after estimating there would be as many as 28 liftoffs in 2018.

SES-12 is capable of supporting requirements in multiple verticals from Cyprus in the West to Japan in the East, and from Russian Federation in the North to Australia in the South.

'SES-12 is a uniquely designed satellite that will allow telephone companies, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more reliable cellular backhaul and faster broadband service, ' SpaceX said in a statement.

"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. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to connect.to those markets". There are also some concerns about the Falcon Heavy rocket, which hasn't been under as much testing as the Falcon 9 rocket. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year. It is the 10th time Space X will reuse a rocket.

Musk has referred to the Block 5 as the "finished version" of SpaceX's Falcon 9, as it has been created to endure up to 100 flights in a single lifespan. SpaceX is switching to a new and improved line of boosters, and so made no effort to recover this one.

The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit.

Storm clouds delayed the liftoff 16 minutes from the opening of the four-hour window at 12:29 a.m.

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. Another commercial satellite launch from the Cape may also be possible.

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