SpaceX Launch SES-12 Aboard Flight-Proven Falcon 9

SpaceX has successfully launched the SES-12 satellite aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket. Today’s launch was the tenth successful Falcon 9 launch of 2018.

The flight-proven Falcon 9 was launched from Cape Canaveral at 04:45 GMT (00:45 EDT) on June 4. The Falcon 9 was not set to be recovered a second time and, as such, did not feature the iconic landing legs and grids fins. Following the launch, SpaceX confirmed via their Twitter account that the SES-12 satellite had been deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit successfully.

The SES-12 satellite is now moving into its final orbit of 95 degrees East joining the SES-8 satellite launched in 2013. SES-12 will take on the duties of the older SES NSS-6 satellite providing video, fixed data and mobile service to customers across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

In a press release, Chief Technology Officer at SES, Martin Halliwell explained what the successful launch of SES-12 would enable. “More content. More immersive viewing experience. Blazing internet speeds. Reliable cell coverage. All of these dynamic customer requirements can now be met with the successful launch of SES-12, he said.

SES-12 satellite integration.
SES-12 being integrated with Falcon 9 upper stage | Image credit: SES

The SES-12 payload includes “six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams.” It was built by Airbus Defence and Space and is one of the largest geostationary satellites that SES has ever launched weighing 5,383.85 kilograms (11,869.4 lbs).

The next Falcon 9 launch is currently scheduled for June 28, 2018. A flight-proven Block 4 variant of the rocket will launch the provider’s fifteenth international Space Station resupply mission.

Feature image credit: SES via Twitter

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