SpaceX launches communications satellite

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April

Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT and the satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

SES-12 is the 13th satellite built by Airbus for SES and the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit.

SES-8, launched in December 2013, and was also launched by SpaceX and was the rocket company's first geostationary launch, and also the first communications satellite to use a Falcon 9 rocket.

Because the first stage is an earlier-generation block 4 booster, it is limited to just two flights and no attempt will be made to recover the rocket after it propels the SES-12 relay station out of the dense lower atmosphere.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February a year ago that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window. The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space.

Praising the Block 5, he added: 'We get a lot of performance from this vehicle. So we're going really high. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a handsome start to the week!" The satellite will provide expansion and replacement capacity to serve the fixed data, mobility, government and video sectors in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has fired one of the largest communications satellites ever launched into orbit to provide internet to developing nations.

'So five seconds more to burn, a little bit more fuel, and it completely changes the dynamics of the project'. The rocket is carrying a communications satellite. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to those markets".

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