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

06 June, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Grady Montgomery
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Thirty-two minutes later, after firing of engines, the top floor of the rocket used the communications satellite SES-12, which is one of the largest and most powerful, by SES of Luxembourg.

Without having to reserve propellants for a landing attempt, along with use of an upgraded block 5 second stage, the Falcon 9 was expected to boost the 11,800-pound SES-12 satellite into a "super-synchronous" transfer orbit, an ellipse with a high point of around 36,000 miles and a predicted low point of 182 miles.

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The Hawthorne-based company's Falcon 9 rocket carried the payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida around 12:45 a.m. local time. This is the latest satellite SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Netherlands. According to SES, the satellites will provide pay-TV operators the reliability and scalability to elevate viewing experiences by adding more content and delivering higher-quality picture quality to address the ever-increasing audience demand for HD and Ultra HD content.




Standing some 27 feet tall and weighing almost 12,000 pounds, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built in France by Airbus Defense and Space barely fit inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, or payload fairing.

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. SpaceX is switching to a new and improved line of boosters, and so made no effort to recover this one. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window.

"If you take all those numbers together, this is really exciting for us", he said.

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