SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

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.

The first stage Falcon 9 rocket that was used for this launch was used initially for launching the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle previous year in the month of September.

The SES-12 high throughput payload is meant to enhance connectivity in the aeronautical and maritime segments across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. SES-12 will also enable governments to provide connectivity programs to bridge the digital divide, and in allowing telcos, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more cellular backhaul and faster broadband services. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Notably, the Falcon 9 is a 230 feet long rocket, which will carry a communication satellite atop.

A launch window for Monday's launch has not officially been set, at this time. That engine is a monster.

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises".

The black paint is part of the rocket's new thermal protection system, which makes it highly flame resistant and rapidly reusable.

"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are under way for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth", SpaceX said in a statement.

SpaceX won't land the booster again. Weighing 5,400 kg at launch it has an electrical power of 19 kW and will operate in geostationary orbit at the 95° East location for a planned service period of more than 15 years. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing. "People don't think it's serious enough yet to figure out how to use it", Thomas Mueller, SpaceX's chief propulsion technology officer, said in May, speaking to attendees on the sidelines of a space conference in Los Angeles.

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