Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers SES-12 into orbit

SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers SES-12 into orbit

Space X has delayed the launch of Falcon 9 from the scheduled date to June 4 due to further testing requirements needed towards the rocket's departure and success.

Thirty-two minutes later, after two engine firings, the rocket's upper stage deployed the SES-12 communications satellite, one of the largest and most powerful ever flown by Luxembourg-based operator SES.

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

"I mean it just fits in the fairing, with not much to spare", he said.

SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Friday, May 11 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Together with SES-8, SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes, and provide pay-TV operators scalability by adding more content and delivering higher picture quality to address demand for High Definition (HD) and Ultra-HD content. "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets".

The satellite's lightweight ion propulsion system will slowly but efficiently boost the relay station into a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. This process is expected to last about four-to-six months.

The company SpaceX Elon musk moved to end 2018 mid 2019 commercial launch his spaceship with humans to orbit the moon, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Stranaya. SpaceX won't attempt to recover the first stage after Monday's launch.

SpaceX won't land the booster again. Halliwell said. SES will implement its strategy to launch for the fourth time. The company intends to fly a handful more of its used Block 4 versions of the Falcon 9 rocket before fully transitioning to the Block 5 version later this summer or early fall.

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