SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather.

The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit.

The company has now re-flown Falcon 9 first stages 13 times and landed the boosters on more than two dozen occasions.

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX.

And Musk and SpaceX are aiming for a lot of reuse, both in the short and long term.

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About 32 minutes later, the Falcon 9's upper stage deployed the Airbus-built SES 12 telecom payload into a "supersynchronous" transfer orbit stretching more than 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) above Earth. Mr. Steven hasn't succeeded to date, but it has come close.

The other vehicles SpaceX is flying or developing are resuable, too.

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.

The BFR is still under development, so that would explain the delay.

The goal of the launch is for the SES-12 spacecraft to reach geostationary orbit. It is created to support SES's direct-to-home broadcasting and data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, according to SES.