SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

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

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carried the payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida at around 12:45 a.m. local time.

The company SpaceX Elon musk moved to end 2018 mid 2019 commercial launch his spaceship with humans to orbit the moon. The launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., has a four-hour window that opens 12:29am ET (04:29 UTC). The satellite, along with SES-8, will reach 18 million TV homes, according to SES.

The SES-12 high throughput payload is meant to enhance connectivity in the aeronautical and maritime segments across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. SES-12 will also enable governments to provide connectivity programs to bridge the digital divide, and in allowing telcos, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more cellular backhaul and faster broadband services.

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SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years.

Described as two satellites in one, SES-12 will provide broadcasting and broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations". This has it carrying larger satellites into orbit.

The mass saving by using all-electric EOR technology enables SES-12 to combine two high-capacity missions, equivalent to two conventional payloads, in one spacecraft.

"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.

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