SES-12 satellite successfully launched

07 June, 2018, 09:09 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

The satellite was earlier sheduled to be set in motion in to the orbit with the help of a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX pad situated in Florida on Friday at 12:29 a.m. EDT. To derive the orbit of a geostationary satellite SES-12.

SpaceX readied a Falcon 9 rocket for launch early Monday to boost a powerful SES communications satellite into orbit, providing direct-to-home video, high-speed data relay, broadband, maritime and aircraft connectivity across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East.

The rocket's first stage was an older Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, but its second stage was the new Block 5 variant - the latest and final model of the rocket. This launch came only after 2 weeks of the company's successful launching of a cluster of satellites in their orbit. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions.

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear. The SES, which is a Luxembourg-based telecom company, said that the SES-12 is one among its biggest launches aimed at providing crucial information to the Earth.

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"The launch vehicle is expendable", said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer for SES. That engine is a monster.

The rocket looks similar to previous Falcon 9 iterations, aside from a new interstage ring, raceway cover and landing legs - which are all painted black.

The firm launched the Block 5 for the first time on May 11 following a botched attempt the day before in which a flight was aborted less than a minute before lift-off. At the moment, this figure dropped to 40%, reflecting a sharp decline in the world in the number of orders for the construction and launch of larger commercial satellites. Further, the company added, "Rocket and payload are in good health". SpaceX is in the process of transitioning to upgraded block 5 boosters that are created to make 50 to 60 flights before retirement.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight.

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