A planned launch of the SES-12 satellite, initially scheduled for June 1st, has been delayed until June 4th, reports SpaceX.
Space X has delayed the launch of Falcon 9 from the scheduled date to June 4 due to further testing requirements needed towards the rocket’s departure and success.
The rocket has initiatives to transport an SFS-12 satellite into space this month.
“Standing down from Friday’s launch attempt to run additional tests on Falcon 9′ s second stage. Rocket and payload are in Good health. Currently working towards a June 4 launch of SEE-12 from Pad 40 in Florida,” says Space X through Twitter.
Weather conditions are also being monitored at the Cape Canaveral launch site.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of SES shows confidence in Falcon 9 rocket and says the rocket is flight worthiness despite its reuse.
14 months ago, SES became the first customer of SpaceX to launch on a used rocket.
“In the back of your mind, well, it’s never been done before, is this all going to come apart at the seams? Obviously, it was successful, and now it’s becoming the norm for SpaceX flights.” Halliwell said. SES will implement its strategy to launch for the fourth time.
Space X terms it as “flight proven” Falcon 9 booster. It is the 10th time Space X will reuse a rocket. Falcon 9 marked its way to space for the first time in September 2017 from Kennedy Space Center when it assisted Air Force’s X-37B space Plain in orbit.
Notably, the Falcon 9 is a 230 feet long rocket, which will carry a communication satellite atop. “It’s basically two satellites in one”. Halliwell said for the broadcasting and broadband satellites.
According to Airbus, the satellite is the biggest and most powerful and does not entirely rely on Electric propulsion to reach and hold its final orbit. The new SES satellite will reach and replace the existing satellite.
Space X will not be trying to land the Falcon 9 booster for the second time. Space X correspondent explains,” Landing the rocket with such a heavy satellite is a challenge.”
Space X is phasing out older models of Falcon 9s after two flights on Falcon of upgraded version so that it will be able to launch 10 or more times.
SES-12 is designed to replace NSS-6 and will be co-located at 95 degrees East and expanding DTH and other connectivity over India, as well as Eastern Europe and the Middle East, while offering coverage as far as Australia, Japan, and South East Asia.
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