SES launches SES-12 satellite onboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX released a statement on Thursday that the Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral has been pushed back, June 4, to conduct further testing on the second stage.

The rocket lifted off at 12:45 a.m. and is the second flight for the launcher's first stage, Space.com reports.

"Standing down from Friday's launch attempt to run additional tests on Falcon 9′ s second stage".

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

Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather. Halliwell said. SES will implement its strategy to launch for the fourth time. However, this time the company would not be attempting to retrieve the first stage of the rocket. "It's basically two satellites in one".

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. We're nearly going to the limit of what we can do with the spacecraft.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

SpaceX is also planning to send astronauts to the International Space Station later this year, marking the first time since the USA space shuttle program ended in 2011 that people have blasted to space from U.S. soil. This satellite will provide video, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets".

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