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

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

SES-12, a communication satellite today roared into space from Cape Canavera on-board SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX was able to send the SES-12 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a handsome start to the week!" 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.

"I mean it just fits in the fairing, with not much to spare", he said.

The SES-12 is referred to as two satellites in one, providing broadband data and transmission services to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East. "Blazing Internet speeds. Reliable cell coverage", declared Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said.

Instead, the satellite will rely on electric propulsion, using pulses of xenon gas to slowly circularize its orbit around the equator over a period of months.

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February past year that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth.

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The launch was moved from Friday to allow SpaceX to run additional tests on Falcon 9's second stage.

SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration.

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time.

SES was the first company to fly a spacecraft on a used Falcon 9 rocket booster.

The delay comes amid SpaceX's own projections of a almost 40% drop in launches next year from as many as 28 anticipated for all of 2018.

Weather conditions are also being monitored at the Cape Canaveral launch site.

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