SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite


SpaceX won't attempt to recover the first stage after the launch.

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

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. Space Exploration Technologies, or Space X, was founded by billionaire Elon Musk, an internet entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and leads Tesla Motors.

Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment.

The other vehicles SpaceX is flying or developing are resuable, too.

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SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

And the BFR - the giant rocket-spaceship duo SpaceX is developing to get people to Mars, launch satellites, clean up space junk and carry passengers on superfast trips around Earth - is created to be fully reusable.

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

SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region.