Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

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

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

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX.

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched a satellite for long-time customer SES SA of Luxembourg early Monday, marking the company's 11th mission of the year.

The Falcon 9 rocket soared off Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 a.m.; the launch was delayed 16 minutes because of gusty winds.

SpaceX's next launch is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, set for the end of the month.

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Musk also wants to reuse the two-stage Falon 9's upper stage and its payload fairing - the nose cone that protects satellites during launch.

And the BFR - the giant rocket-spaceship duo SpaceX is developing to get people to Mars, launch satellites, clean up space junk and carry passengers on superfast trips around Earth - is created to be fully reusable.

SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed". It is created to support SES's direct-to-home broadcasting and data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, according to SES.

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