SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April

A SpaceX rocket delivered a communications satellite to orbit during an early Monday morning launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first stage came back to Earth for a pinpoint landing during its first flight, but it did not repeat that feat today; the booster is part of the now-discontinued "Block 4" Falcon 9 build, and SpaceX let the sea claim it.

The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5.

The flight - set up by the rocket company founded by billionaire Elon Musk - was scheduled for late 2018, but this has been delayed to mid-2019 or later, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The rocket lifted off at 12:45 a.m. and is the second flight for the launcher's first stage, Space.com reports.

Musk also wants to reuse the two-stage Falon 9's upper stage and its payload fairing - the nose cone that protects satellites during launch.

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

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched a satellite for long-time customer SES SA of Luxembourg early Monday, marking the company's 11th mission of the year.

The BFR is still under development, so that would explain the delay.

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

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