Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

OTD in Space – June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

As planned, the nine Merlin 1D engines at the base of the first stage shut down two minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff, burning through virtually all of the booster's propellants.

Falcon 9's first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission from Launch Complex 39A in September 2017.

SES-12, the most powerful all-electric satellite ever, was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4th June. The satellite, along with SES-8, will reach 18 million TV homes, according to SES.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

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The mission marked the 13th time in 14 months that SpaceX has re-flown a used Falcon 9 booster, which the company refers to as a "flight proven" rocket. The satellite will provide expansion and replacement capacity to serve the fixed data, mobility, government and video sectors in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

SES-12 onboard SpaceX rocket at launch pad. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations".

"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. This has it carrying larger satellites into orbit.

And satellite internet service promises to grow at an equally astronomical rate. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart".

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