OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

Katie Ramirez
June 4, 2018

So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again.

Flying with a reused first stage booster, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into orbit from Florida's Space Coast early Monday with a commercial communications satellite for the Luxembourg-based operator SES. The four-hour launch window opens on Monday, June 4 at 12:29 a.m. EDT. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.

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

SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed". 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.

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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.

SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5. The satellite will be deployed roughly 32 minutes after liftoff.

The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the USA military.

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