Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit

Flying with a reused first stage booster, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into orbit from Florida's Space Coast early Monday with a commercial communications satellite for the Luxembourg-based operator SES. So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again.

Air Force weather officials are predicting a 70 percent chance of good launch weather for the four-hour June 4 launch window, starting at 12:29 a.m. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready to liftoff early Monday morning from Cape Canaveral carrying the SES 12 satellite. The Block 5 variant of the rocket, optimized for reusability, has flown a single time, on May 11.

"This is one of the largest, if not the largest satellites we've launched", he said.

SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed".

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The satellite will provide direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East, according to CBS News.

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time.

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