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

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The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

It fired off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:45am BST (00:45 ET) and successfully deployed the SES-12 satellite 32 minutes after lift-off.

Without having to reserve propellants for a landing attempt, along with use of an upgraded block 5 second stage, the Falcon 9 was expected to boost the 11,800-pound SES-12 satellite into a "super-synchronous" transfer orbit, an ellipse with a high point of around 36,000 miles and a predicted low point of 182 miles.

SpaceX has launched a satellite by using the pre-flown rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted out the mission's success early Monday morning.

Halliwell said SES-12, built by Airbus Defense and Space, combines features that would have required two spacecraft just a few years ago, providing direct-to-home television and other communications services through six beams covering an enormous area with multiple beams providing broadband connectivity. Americans to deliver cargo to the global space station using the Cygnus vehicles Orbital ATK and Dragon manufactured by SpaceX.

"The launch vehicle is expendable", said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer for SES. It's such a powerful upper stage.

The black paint is part of the rocket's new thermal protection system, which makes it highly flame resistant and rapidly reusable. The 4 hours launch window was opened at near about 12:29 a.m. ET.

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. This has it carrying larger satellites into orbit.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight. Further, the company added, "Rocket and payload are in good health".