SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

Audrey Hill
June 5, 2018

The first stage is part of the Falcon 9 "Block 4" build, which is an older variant that SpaceX is phasing out.

The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 carried a satellite for one world's biggest satellite companies - Luxembourg-based SES.

The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the USA military. Its first stages are created to fly 10 times with inspections between landing and launch only, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved.

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The goal of the launch is for the SES-12 spacecraft to reach geostationary orbit. The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.

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. The client there was the satellite operator SES, with the payload being set to deliver TV and data services to customers in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February a year ago that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth.

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