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SpaceX launches fifth SES satellite

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SpaceX launched on Monday its Falcon 9 rocket for the 11th time this year, according to a Twitter announcement. The launch was originally scheduled for May 31, but it was postponed for June 1. Finally, the aerospace company said additional tests were needed on the rocket’s second stage and liftoff was put off once more. SpaceX used the Block 4 first stage and will not attempt to retrieve it.

Falcon 9 set off at 00:45 local time from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying a satellite for Luxembourg-based SES SA. SpaceX confirmed the SES-12 was deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite operator stated SES-12 reach 18 million TV homes in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East from its orbital position.

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