Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions. The launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., has a four-hour window that opens 12:29am ET (04:29 UTC).

Monday's launch attempt will try to send the 5.4-ton SES-12 communications satellite to a high transfer orbit.

"This is one of the largest, if not the largest satellites we've launched", he said.

The rocket's first stage booster has flown before, back in September when it launched the U.S. Air Force's top-secret military space plane, the X-37B. The satellite is headed for geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles above Earth's surface, and will provide video and data services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, SES representatives said.

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

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

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

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