SpaceX to launch SES-12 communications satellite

07 June, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Grady King
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SES has reported that its SES-12 satellite was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket launched at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning with a satellite bound for geostationary orbit.

A planned launch of the SES-12 satellite, initially scheduled for June 1st, has been delayed until June 4th, reports SpaceX.

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the SES-12 spacecraft. SpaceX wrote on Twitter, "Standing down from Friday's launch attempt to run additional test on Falcon 9's second stage".

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Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather.

Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for SES, said at a pre-launch press conference last week: 'The first stage is a Block 4, and the upper stage is a Block 5'. SpaceX may try to recover the Falcon 9 fairings at sea, which make up the rocket's nose cone, where the payload is encased.

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. At that altitude and equatorial orientation, satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear stationary in the sky despite Earth's rotation.

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Space X will not be trying to land the Falcon 9 booster for the second time. "We're going really high".

SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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 company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions.

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