SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch Monday

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

SES-12, a communication satellite today roared into space from Cape Canavera on-board SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT and the satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX was able to send the SES-12 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean.

According to the company CEO Elon Musk, this could open the solar system to exploration while minimizing the cost of spacecraft. Forecasters predicted a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather with ground winds the only concern.

Commenting on the launch, Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES said, "More content". However, this time the company would not be attempting to retrieve the first stage of the rocket.

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SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration. At that altitude and equatorial orientation, satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear stationary in the sky despite Earth's rotation.

Praising the Block 5, he added: 'We get a lot of performance from this vehicle. "We're actually going to an apogee around about 58,000 kilometers".

SES-12 eventually will be positioned at 95 degrees east longitude, co-located with the SES-8 relay station - the first SES satellite launched by SpaceX.

SES-12, is equipped with wide beams and high throughput beams and will provide video, fixed data, mobility and government services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. The rocket is carrying a communications satellite. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart".

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