Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit

SpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket GETTYSpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket
Velma Reese | 04 June, 2018, 23:01

So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again.

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the SES-12 spacecraft.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket took off at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad, and headed east over the Atlantic Ocean. The launch of SES-10 in March 2017 was a big milestone for SpaceX, which has been working toward reusable rockets for 15 years before successfully launching a recovered first-stage rocket.

SpaceX has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket, so it did not attempt a recovery effort of the booster this time.

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Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear. The company intends to fly a handful more of its used Block 4 versions of the Falcon 9 rocket before fully transitioning to the Block 5 version later this summer or early fall. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart".

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time.

The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific.

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