Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite. The all-electric SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space, and will rely on electric propulsion for orbit raising and subsequent in-orbit manoeuvres.

SES-12 is created to replace NSS-6 and will be co-located at 95 degrees East and expanding DTH and other connectivity over India, as well as Eastern Europe and the Middle East, while offering coverage as far as Australia, Japan, and South East Asia.

SpaceX reportedly launched its next Falcon 9 carrying a communications satellite on Monday.

It can help provide with Internet services to mobile operators, passengers on airplanes, cruise liners, as well as remote areas that are still without reliable connections.

"We believe around there are 1 billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity to the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, told reporters before the launch.

SpaceX completed its 11th mission of the year when it sent an SES-12 communications satellite into space on June 4.

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"This is one of the largest, if not the largest satellites we've launched", he said. This time around, SpaceX didn't try recovering the first-stage booster or nose cone.

The firm launched the Block 5 for the first time on May 11 following a botched attempt the day before in which a flight was aborted less than a minute before lift-off.

SpaceX's next launch is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, set for the end of the month.

SpaceX had already used the rocket's first booster stage to launch the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle back in September. The 4 hours launch window was opened at near about 12:29 a.m. ET.

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