OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket into the night sky about a half hour after midnight Monday morning, deploying a European company's satellite, SES 12, with no apparent problems. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions.

Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment.

SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

SES was the first company to fly a spacecraft on a used Falcon 9 rocket booster.

SpaceX's next launch is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, set for the end of the month.

This is actually confirmation of something we already more-or-less knew.

The Falcon 9 rocket soared off Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 a.m.; the launch was delayed 16 minutes because of gusty winds.

The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.

The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

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