SpaceX deploys European satellite on Hawthorne company's 11th launch this year

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX launch How to watch Falcon 9 rocket launch

It was the 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's 11th flight so far this year and the company's fifth launch for SES.

The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 carried a satellite for one world's biggest satellite companies - Luxembourg-based SES.

SpaceX had already used the rocket's first booster stage to launch the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle back in September. SpaceX may try to recover the Falcon 9 fairings at sea, which make up the rocket's nose cone, where the payload is encased. SpaceX launched the satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:45 a.m. EST.

The satellite could help broadcast television programs directly to more than 18 Million households in the Asia-Pacific region, along with the SES-8 satellite, launched in 2013 by SpaceX.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

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

SpaceX has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket, so it did not attempt a recovery effort of the booster this time. Instead, the satellite will have an electric drive that uses xenon gas pulses to slowly circulate its orbit around the equator for a period of months. This has it carrying larger satellites into orbit. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window.

"We believe there are around about a billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity through the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", Hemingway told reporters last week.

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