JUN 04, 2018 5:03 PM PDT

SpaceX Launched a Satellite Today, But Didn't Recover the Rocket

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

A SpaceX-branded Falcon 9 rocket ignited all nine of its Merlin engines at a Cape Canaveral, Florida-based launch pad at 12:45 A.M. Eastern time on Monday as the commercial space company moved forward with plans to send a customer’s precious cargo into space.

A fantastic shot of the Falcon 9's nine Merlin engines as the rocket lifted off from the launch pad.

Image Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Inside of its spacy cargo hold was a monstrously-sized SES-12 communications satellite weighing more than 11,800 pounds; it was built to provide television and internet-centric services to countries throughout Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East.

Citing the SpaceX website, the SES-12 satellite needed to be placed in a peculiar Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) around the Earth to relay information to Earth-based receivers as efficiently as possible.

"This is an incredibly flexible satellite that we're putting into our fleet," said SES Networks CEO John-Paul Hemingway.

Related: Watch SpaceX launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time

Notably, the Falcon 9 that took the SES-12 communications satellite into space was a refurbished unit that flew to space last September.

Given that the rocket was previously used, and how it wasn’t SpaceX’s new ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 variant, the company didn’t attempt to land the first stage after launch for refurbishment. Instead, it made its way back to Earth and plopped safely into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.

SpaceX streamed the launch in real time over the internet to its fanbase. If you missed it, then you can watch an archive of the footage below:

Related: SpaceX rocket launch melts a photographer's DSLR camera

Source: SpaceX via Phys.org

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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