SES-12 Roars into Space On-Board SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

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

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 will join SES's network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

SES-12 will operate under the authority of the Netherlands and will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES's NSS-6 satellite.

Together with SES-8, SES-12 will reach 18 million TV homes from its orbital position.

Or it could help provide internet service to cell phone carriers or to passengers on planes and cruise ships, and to remote areas that lack reliable connections.

Because it takes less on-board xenon propellant to achieve the required equatorial orbit, the Falcon 9, by boosting SES-12 into a high super-synchronous transfer orbit, will add more than five years to the satellite's lifetime and shave almost a month off the time needed to reach its operational location.

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The rocket's first stage was an older Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, but its second stage was the new Block 5 variant - the latest and final model of the rocket.

The SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and will deliver high-speed data across Asia and the Pacific.

It is SpaceX's 11th flight this year, CBS News reports. The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years.

Falcon 9's first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission from Launch Complex 39A in September 2017. Following separation from the launcher, the satellite has completed its initialisation phase and has started electric orbit raising (EOR) operations as planned. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.

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