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SpaceX launches communications satellite

SpaceX launches communications satellite SpaceX launches communications satellite
Theresa Hayes | 04 June, 2018, 16:57

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched early Monday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite. The first stage successfully landed during a flight in September, but was allowed to crash into the sea Monday because it's being discontinued.

"This is one of the largest, if not the largest satellites we've launched", he said. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

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.

The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.

Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather. It is created to support SES's direct-to-home broadcasting and data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, according to SES. The satellite will be deployed roughly 32 minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX's next launch is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, set for the end of the month.

It was be the company's 11th launch of the year, and the 13th time SpaceX has reused a Falcon booster.