SES launches SES-12 satellite onboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket


The satellite will be deployed roughly 32 minutes after liftoff. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a lovely start to the week!"

The SES-12 high throughput payload is meant to enhance connectivity in the aeronautical and maritime segments across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. SES-12 will also enable governments to provide connectivity programs to bridge the digital divide, and in allowing telcos, mobile network operators and internet service providers to deliver more cellular backhaul and faster broadband services.

"I mean it just fits in the fairing, with not much to spare", he said. Among a number of use cases, it is created to expand the operator's capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia.

SES-12 eventually will be positioned at 95 degrees east longitude, co-located with the SES-8 relay station - the first SES satellite launched by SpaceX.

"More content, more immersive viewing experience, blazing internet speeds, reliable cell coverage". The decline primarily reflects a continuing global slump in manufacturing orders and launch contracts for large commercial satellites. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to those markets".

SES-12 is the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit. Instead, the satellite will have an electric drive that uses xenon gas pulses to slowly circulate its orbit around the equator for a period of months. It is expected to enter service in late January or early February.

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SpaceX launched a satellite for longtime customer SES SA of Luxembourg early Monday, marking the company's 11th mission of the year.

SpaceX won't land the booster again.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight. Its first stages are created to fly 10 times with inspections between landing and launch only, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved.

The older Block 4 model has been limited to two flights and is not being recovered to make room for the new rockets.

This flight will use Falcon 9 first stage rocket that first launched the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission, last September. The rocket launched at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning with a satellite bound for geostationary orbit.