Thursday, 21 June, 2018

SpaceX launches SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April
Guillermo Lane | 07 June, 2018, 09:08

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of SES shows confidence in Falcon 9 rocket and says the rocket is flight worthiness despite its reuse.

With six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams, SES-12 is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever launched.

The satellite is created to expand SES' capabilities to deliver very small aperture terminal and high-throughput data connectivity and direct-to-home broadcasting services in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson was quoted as saying the company "is still planning to fly private individuals around the moon and there is growing interest from many customers".

"This is an incredibly flexible satellite that we're putting into our fleet", said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.

Or it could help provide internet service to cell phone carriers or to passengers on planes and cruise ships, and to remote areas that lack reliable connections. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a lovely start to the week!"

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According to Airbus, the satellite is the biggest and most powerful and does not entirely rely on Electric propulsion to reach and hold its final orbit. After extensive tests and checkout, the spacecraft is expected to enter operational service early next year.

Musk has referred to the Block 5 as the "finished version" of SpaceX's Falcon 9, as it has been created to endure up to 100 flights in a single lifespan.

The first stage Falcon 9 rocket that was used for this launch was used initially for launching the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle previous year in the month of September. "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets".

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear.

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

Storm clouds delayed the liftoff 16 minutes from the opening of the four-hour window at 12:29 a.m. Another commercial satellite launch from the Cape may also be possible.

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