SpaceX will not attempt to land this Falcon 9 first stage on land or sea. SES-12 will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
The launch was, of course, the highlight of the event but the breathtaking photos that followed were the real winners. The window to launch the rocket opens at 12:29 a.m. Monday and last for four hours.
"The launch vehicle is expendable", said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer for SES.
The satellite was set to be deployed roughly 32 minutes after liftoff.
The older Block 4 model has been limited to two flights and is not being recovered to make room for the new rockets.
Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises". The Block 5 variant of the rocket, optimized for reusability, has flown a single time, on May 11. Americans to deliver cargo to the global space station using the Cygnus vehicles Orbital ATK and Dragon manufactured by SpaceX. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.
SES was the first company to accept a ride on a used SpaceX rocket, back in March 2017.
SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions.
The Falcon 9 rocket is seeing more use due to upgrades that give it more thrust.