SpaceX launches communications satellite

Eight years after the Falcon 9's debut on the same pad, the rocket launched from the Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 pm and sent a rumble across the Space Coast, which overwhelmed several residents before the start of the work week.

SpaceX had hoped to launch the SES-12 satellite last week, but a combination of factors, including additional second stage inspections, pushed the flight to Monday.

The communications satellite SES-12, weighing near about 5.4-ton is created to provide data, video, and other services reinforcing communications across the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific area.

The satellite could help broadcast television programs directly to more than 18 Million households in the Asia-Pacific region, along with the SES-8 satellite, launched in 2013 by SpaceX.

'SES-12 is a uniquely designed satellite that will allow telephone companies, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more reliable cellular backhaul and faster broadband service, ' SpaceX said in a statement. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a handsome start to the week!"

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. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to connect.to those markets".

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The older Block 4 model has been limited to two flights and is not being recovered to make room for the new rockets. SpaceX is in the process of transitioning to upgraded block 5 boosters that are created to make 50 to 60 flights before retirement.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a SES-12 communcations satellite blasted into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida early on Monday morning.

SpaceX plans at least one more launch this month, with a mission sending cargo to the International Space Station targeted for late June.

The company flew it for a second time today as part of its goal to use rocket stages multiple times in a bid to cut the costs of its trips to orbit.

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