Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Luxembourg - SpaceX launches satellite for SES in its 11th mission this year

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It fired off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:45am BST (00:45 ET) and successfully deployed the SES-12 satellite 32 minutes after lift-off.

About 27 feet tall and almost 12,000 pounds heavy, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built by Airbus Defense and Space in France hardly fit into the nose of the Falcon 9 rocket or payload fairing.

SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson was quoted as saying the company "is still planning to fly private individuals around the moon and there is growing interest from many customers". They will be side by side over a length of 95 Degrees above the equator, more than 22,000 Miles upwards. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions.

"We believe there are around about a billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity through the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", Hemingway told reporters last week.

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, SES-12 combines features that would have required two spacecraft just a few years ago, Halliwell said, providing direct-to-home television and other communications services through six beams covering an enormous area with multiple customizable beams providing broadband connectivity and data relay.

Musk has referred to the Block 5 as the "finished version" of SpaceX's Falcon 9, as it has been created to endure up to 100 flights in a single lifespan. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to connect.to those markets". After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.

If this launch of SpaceX would not have taken place on Monday, the following window was scheduled for Tuesday, 5 June.

The older Block 4 model has been limited to two flights and is not being recovered to make room for the new rockets.

The eventual mission will be made by the Crew Dragon, a new version of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft that already is delivering supplies to the International Space Station. Download the 10 News app now.

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