Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched early Monday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite. The window to launch the rocket opens at 12:29 a.m. Monday and last for four hours.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday.

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

The rocket's first stage booster has flown before, back in September when it launched the U.S. Air Force's top-secret military space plane, the X-37B. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.

The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific.

The company intends to fly a handful more of its used Block 4 versions of the Falcon 9 rocket before fully transitioning to the Block 5 version later this summer or early fall.

It was be the company's 11th launch of the year, and the 13th time SpaceX has reused a Falcon booster. According to the mission's press kit, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff. SpaceX won't attempt to recover the first stage after the launch.

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