SpaceX SES 12 launch lights up the night

SpaceX SES 12 launch lights up the night

SpaceX launched its 11th rocket of the year, this time it was an SES-12 communications satellite. SES-12 will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

SES-12 will operate under the authority of the Netherlands and will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES's NSS-6 satellite.

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.

SpaceX was able to send the SES-12 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

SES-12 will operate in the Ku and Ka-bands with a total of 76 active transponders and eight antennas. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a attractive start to the week!"

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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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SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean. The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years.

This flight will use Falcon 9 first stage rocket that first launched the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission, last September. The company is expecting both the USA and Europe to turn to the Falcon Heavy in the next couple of years for certain satellite launches. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations".

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