Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite

Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite

The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 carried a satellite for one world's biggest satellite companies - Luxembourg-based SES.

On June 4, 2010, the first Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage and reached orbit. The satellite will be deployed roughly 32 minutes after liftoff.

The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the US military.

This is the second time that Falcon 9 has taken off from the same pad.

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The flight - set up by the rocket company founded by billionaire Elon Musk - was scheduled for late 2018, but this has been delayed to mid-2019 or later, according to The Wall Street Journal.

During today's launch, the Falcon 9 successfully delivered SES-12 to geostationary orbit, high above Earth.

SpaceX has also tried several times to snatch Falcon 9 nose cones out of the sky with a net-equipped boat called Mr. Steven, so that these $6 million pieces of equipment can be reused. This satellite will provide video, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear.

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