As per schedule before, Space X has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday. The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the SEC-12 communication satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force base Florida, pad no 40 at around12: 29 am.
While roaring up into the sky, the booster of the rocket put on an amazing light show and headed toward the east. As per the information, it was 11th launch of SpaceX and 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket which has used in this flight, was used in the US Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test in September. The communication satellite which was carried by the Falcon 9 is for the SEC, Luxembourg-based telecom company.
The satellite will be placed in Earth’s lower orbit, geostationary orbit, located around 22,300 miles above Earth’s surface. Information says the satellite will enhance the video and data services across the Asia-Pacific region. Airbus Defense and Space develop the 5.4-ton communication satellite. Talking more about the satellite, Chief Technical Officer of SES, Martin Halliwell stated that the satellite would use six beams and will cover large numbers of areas to provide direct-to-home television. The position of the satellite will be 95 degrees east and will work co-located with the SEC-8. It is the first SEC satellite launched by the company. After 32 minutes and 14 seconds of the launch, the second stage of the Falcon 9 will deploy the SEC-12.
SpaceX has not recovered the block-4 first stage as it was only meant for two launches. However, SpaceX is on its way to develop high-capacity, and upgraded Block-5 boosters and each of those boosters can be used for 50 to 60 launches or with some refurbishment it can be used for 100 times.
It may be noted that the originally scheduled day for the launch was Wednesday. But later it was postponed by SpaceX to Friday.