SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 carried a satellite for one world's biggest satellite companies - Luxembourg-based SES.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched early Monday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite. The first stage is part of the Falcon 9 "Block 4" build, which is an older variant that SpaceX is phasing out.

The Falcon 9's booster previously launched the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B spacecraft last summer.

This is the second time that Falcon 9 has taken off from the same pad.

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SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region.

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time. These activities are part of SpaceX's effort to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft - technology that company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said could open the solar system to exploration by drastically reducing the cost of spaceflight. Its first stages are created to fly 10 times with inspections between landing and launch only, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved.

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.

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