Elon Musk's SpaceX fires one of the largest satellites in orbit

Cesar Mills
June 6, 2018

With the SES-12 mission in the books, SpaceX completed its 11th launch in just over five months this year.

On June 4, 2010, the first Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage and reached orbit.

Thirty-two minutes later, after firing of engines, the top floor of the rocket used the communications satellite SES-12, which is one of the largest and most powerful, by SES of Luxembourg.

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

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SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean. The window to launch the rocket opens at 12:29 a.m. Monday and last for four hours. The satellite will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The company is expecting both the US and Europe to turn to the Falcon Heavy in the next couple of years for certain satellite launches.

SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions.

'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. The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to connect.to those markets".

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