SpaceX’s launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida early this morning (June 4, 2018) from “Pad 40” (SLC-40 or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40)
Launch Video on YouTube
The mission successfully deployed the “SFS-12 Communications satellite” into a geostationary transfer orbit (where the satellite will orbit the earth at the same speed as the earths rotation) fixing it over the Asia-Pacific region. The launch was originally delayed from February, April 30, May 24, May 31 and June 1, this is SpaceX’s 11th mission of 2018
SES-12 Mission Updates
What is the SES-12 Communications Satellite?
The SES-12 satellite was built by Airbus, and will support SES’s direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting and data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Replacing the existing NSS-6 satellite and will be co-located with SES-8. SES-12 is capable of supporting regions from Cyprus in the West to Japan in the East, and from Russia in the North to Australia in the South.
Who is SES of Luxembourg Germany?
SES S.A. is a communications satellite owner and operator who provides feeds for cable television networks, Internet access, corporate networks, network facilities, telecommunications services, and audiovisual broadcasting.
Who Is SpaceX?
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (doing business as SpaceX), is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California, founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The goal is to reduce space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars.