Friday, 19 October, 2018

SpaceX launches communications satellite

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX GETTYElon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX
Sandra Phillips | 04 June, 2018, 16:56

On June 4, 2010, the first Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage and reached orbit.

Monday's launch was the 56th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and SpaceX's 62nd launch overall.

Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

The company had delayed the launch over the weekend, tweeting on Thursday that it was "standing down" a Friday morning attempt to run additional tests on the second stage booster.

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SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean. This satellite will provide video, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.

It was be the company's 11th launch of the year, and the 13th time SpaceX has reused a Falcon booster. 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.

Musk also wants to reuse the two-stage Falon 9's upper stage and its payload fairing - the nose cone that protects satellites during launch. The first stage successfully landed during a flight in September, but was allowed to crash into the sea Monday because it's being discontinued.

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