SpaceX launches communication satellite, ditches old booster

SpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket

A new timetable for the flight - now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer - hasn't been released by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the formal name of the closely held company.

Watch a replay of the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral shortly after midnight Monday with the SES 12 communications satellite. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT and the satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

The rocket's first stage booster has flown before, back in September when it launched the U.S. Air Force's top-secret military space plane, the X-37B. This is the latest satellite SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Netherlands.

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"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are under way for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth", SpaceX said in a statement.

SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration.

SES-12 is a geostationary satellite with six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams.

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The satellite's lightweight ion propulsion system will slowly but efficiently boost the relay station into a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. This satellite will provide video, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. "And satellite is one of the (ways) - and sometimes the only way - to connect.to those markets".

The company is targeting roughly 30 missions in total this year, up from a record 18 in 2017.

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