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Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched

06 June 2018

It was the 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's 11th flight so far this year and the company's fifth launch for SES.

SpaceX is preparing again to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SES-12 spacecraft after its Friday launch was canceled for additional testing.

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.

Monday's launch comes eight years to the day when SpaceX first successfully launched its Falcon 9 from the Cape. The first stage is part of the Falcon 9 Block 4 build, which is an older variant that SpaceX is phasing out. The satellite, along with SES-8, will reach 18 million TV homes, according to SES. The satellite's on-board electric propulsion system will maneuver the craft into a circular geostationary orbit around 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) over the equator in the next few months.

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

SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

SES-12, which is designed with wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.

"We believe around there are 1 billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity to the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, told reporters before the launch.

Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched