SpaceX reportedly delays plans to send tourists around Moon

06 June, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

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.

Thirty-two minutes later, after two engine firings, the rocket's upper stage deployed the SES-12 communications satellite, one of the largest and most powerful ever flown by Luxembourg-based operator SES.

News Brief: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the SES-12 telecommunications satellite into orbit tonight in a no-drama night launch. SpaceX launched the satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:45 a.m. EST.

The new platform will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East and will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES' NSS-6 satellite.

SES-12 is a geostationary satellite with six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams. Instead, the satellite will have an electric drive that uses xenon gas pulses to slowly circulate its orbit around the equator for a period of months.

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SpaceX has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket, so it did not attempt a recovery effort of the booster this time. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. 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. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.

The SES-12 spacecraft was built by Airbus Defence and Space and will deliver high-speed data across Asia and the Pacific.

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

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

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