SES-12 Roars into Space On-Board SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket


SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Monday, June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Block 5 Falcon 9 is said to be the "final iteration" of the reusable rocket, with potential to handle far more launches than its predecessor, and could one day be used to carry astronauts to space.

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

Monday's launch was delayed three days so SpaceX could perform more tests on the Falcon 9's upper stage, which was the newer Block 5 version. Partly as a result, SpaceX also is confronting growing industry doubts about market demand for its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company's newest and biggest launcher, which had its maiden blastoff in March.

Instead, the moon flight will now take place in the middle of 2019 or later, the Wall Street Journal reported, though the company founded by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk hasn't officially updated its timetable for the moon launch.

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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. Halliwell said. SES will implement its strategy to launch for the fourth time. Upgrades to the Falcon 9 rocket have seen it getting more of a use and focus lately. "We're actually going to an apogee around about 58,000 kilometers". This delay is the second time the company is postponing the launch of the communication satellites.

"The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years".

And satellite internet service promises to grow at an equally astronomical rate.

"If you take all those numbers together, this is really exciting for us", he said.