SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers SES-12 into orbit

06 June, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • SpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket

Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

The launch of SES-10 in March 2017 was a big milestone for SpaceX, which has been working toward reusable rockets for 15 years before successfully launching a recovered first-stage rocket. The rocket launched at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning with a satellite bound for geostationary orbit. According to SES, the satellites will provide pay-TV operators the reliability and scalability to elevate viewing experiences by adding more content and delivering higher-quality picture quality to address the ever-increasing audience demand for HD and Ultra HD content.

'SES-12 is a uniquely designed satellite that will allow telephone companies, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more reliable cellular backhaul and faster broadband service, ' SpaceX said in a statement.

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.

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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.

SES-12, is equipped with wide beams and high throughput beams and will provide video, fixed data, mobility and government services across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations".

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of satellite communications services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises". "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets".

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