SpaceX Rocket Launch Of SES-12 Set For June 4, 2018

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SpaceX is also planning to send astronauts to the International Space Station later this year, marking the first time since the U.S. space shuttle programme ended in 2011 that people have blasted to space from United States soil. The satellite was earlier sheduled to be set in motion in to the orbit with the help of a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX pad situated in Florida on Friday at 12:29 a.m. EDT.

If this launch of SpaceX would not have taken place on Monday, the following window was scheduled for Tuesday, 5 June.

The tourists would ride aboard a Dragon capsule, hoisted into space on SpaceX's most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, which made its first test flight only four months ago.

Instead, the satellite will rely on electric propulsion, using pulses of xenon gas to slowly circularize its orbit around the equator over a period of months. At that altitude and equatorial orientation, satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear stationary in the sky as the Earth rotates.

Praising the Block 5, he added: 'We get a lot of performance from this vehicle.

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Space X is phasing out older models of Falcon 9s after two flights on Falcon of upgraded version so that it will be able to launch 10 or more times. So we're going really high. The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.

"This is an incredibly flexible satellite that we're putting into our fleet", said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a attractive start to the week!"

The satellite is created to expand SES' capabilities to deliver very small aperture terminal and high-throughput data connectivity and direct-to-home broadcasting services in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises".

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