Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

This flight will use Falcon 9 first stage rocket that first launched the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission, last September.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready to liftoff early Monday morning from Cape Canaveral carrying the SES 12 satellite.

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.

SES was the first company to fly a spacecraft on a used Falcon 9 rocket booster.

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Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

The rocket lifted off at 12:45 a.m. and is the second flight for the launcher's first stage, Space.com reports. These activities are part of SpaceX's effort to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft - technology that company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said could open the solar system to exploration by drastically reducing the cost of spaceflight. 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.

SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions.

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