SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

SpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions.

The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the US military.

The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit.

This is the second time that Falcon 9 has taken off from the same pad.

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February past year that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth.

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. Mr. Steven hasn't succeeded to date, but it has come close.

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear.

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

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready to liftoff early Monday morning from Cape Canaveral carrying the SES 12 satellite.

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

"SES-12's high throughput capabilities are SES's answer to soaring connectivity demand in the aeronautical and maritime segments in the Asia-Pacific region", SES representatives wrote in a statement.

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