Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Introduces the Commercial Communications Satellite

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

This mission was aimed at transferring the communications satellite SES-12 into its "geostationary transfer orbit".

The rocket's first stage was an older Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, but its second stage was the new Block 5 variant - the latest and final model of the rocket.

Over the next five years in the SES-12 service region, SES expects 80 million more direct-to-home television viewers, "and obviously, this satellite will be a great way to deliver that content to the homes across all of Asia-Pacific", Hemingway said.


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.

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It can help provide with Internet services to mobile operators, passengers on airplanes, cruise liners, as well as remote areas that are still without reliable connections. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a lovely start to the week!"

The satellite's lightweight ion propulsion system will take over at that point, slowly but efficiently boosting the relay station into a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to those markets".

Racing away to the east, the booster put on a brilliant light show as it powered out of the dense lower atmosphere, smoothly accelerating as it consumed its load of liquid oxygen and kerosene rocket fuel. After extensive tests and checkout, the spacecraft is expected to enter operational service early next year. SpaceX is switching to a new and improved line of boosters, and so made no effort to recover this one. The initial Falcon 9 Block 5 was launched in the month of May.

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.

Storm clouds delayed the liftoff 16 minutes from the opening of the four-hour window at 12:29 a.m. Download the 10 News app now.

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