SES launches SES-12 satellite onboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Gwen Vasquez
June 6, 2018

With the SES-12 mission in the books, SpaceX completed its 11th launch in just over five months this year.

SES was the first company to accept a ride on a used SpaceX rocket, back in March 2017. 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.

SES-12, the most powerful all-electric satellite ever, was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4th June.

SES-12 eventually will be positioned at 95 degrees east longitude, co-located with the SES-8 relay station - the first SES satellite launched by SpaceX. The company is expecting both the US and Europe to turn to the Falcon Heavy in the next couple of years for certain satellite launches.

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SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions. Among a number of use cases, it is created to expand the operator's capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years.

The SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and will deliver high-speed data across Asia and the Pacific. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions.

"If you take all those numbers together, this is really exciting for us", he said.

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