Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite


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 company's Falcon 9 rocket, with a used first stage, launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force at 12:29 a.m. Monday. According to the mission's press kit, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff.

The National Weather Service had predicted decent weather for the launch with only a 20 percent chance of rain, with gusts as high as 18 to 20 miles per hour and sky cover of about 50 percent in the Titusville area.

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SpaceX has also tried several times to snatch Falcon 9 nose cones out of the sky with a net-equipped boat called Mr. Steven, so that these $6 million pieces of equipment can be reused.

SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean.

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Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment.

"SES-12's high throughput capabilities are SES's answer to soaring connectivity demand in the aeronautical and maritime segments in the Asia-Pacific region", SES representatives wrote in a statement.

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