SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a SES-12 communcations satellite blasted into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida early on Monday. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

The Falcon's first-stage booster previously flew last September.

Or it could help provide internet service to cell phone carriers or to passengers on planes and cruise ships, and to remote areas that lack reliable connections.

Initially, the launch of the booster along with the SES-12 satellite was aimed on May 31,2018.

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear.

"We get a lot of performance from this vehicle", Halliwell said of the Falcon 9. The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space.

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises". This version is developed for enhancing the reusability of the rocket.

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The rocket looks similar to previous Falcon 9 iterations, aside from a new interstage ring, raceway cover and landing legs - which are all painted black.

SpaceX estimates the Block 5's improved features will reduce launch costs from £45 million ($60 million) to £37 million ($50 million).

A launch window for Monday's launch has not officially been set, at this time.

Block 5 Falcon 9 is said to be the "final iteration" of the reusable rocket, with potential to handle far more launches than its predecessor, and could one day be used to carry astronauts to space.

This is part of SpaceX's wider goal to make launching rockets similar to commercial flights, where they "can be flown again and again". SpaceX is in the process of transitioning to upgraded block 5 boosters that are created to make 50 to 60 flights before retirement.

Standing some 27 feet tall and weighing almost 12,000 pounds, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built in France by Airbus Defense and Space barely fit inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, or payload fairing.

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