SES-12 all-electric satellite successfully launched

The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space.

The rocket lifted off at 12:45 a.m. and is the second flight for the launcher's first stage, reports.

SES-12 is created 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.

The launch was, of course, the highlight of the event but the breathtaking photos that followed were the real winners.

Two space tourists who have already paid "a significant deposit" were supposed to be launched to lunar orbit later this year, SpaceX announced last year.

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time.

SES-12 is the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, "More content".

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises". This version is developed for enhancing the reusability of the rocket. Americans to deliver cargo to the worldwide space station using the Cygnus vehicles Orbital ATK and Dragon manufactured by SpaceX.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight.

This is part of SpaceX's wider goal to make launching rockets similar to commercial flights, where they "can be flown again and again".

This launch was previously planned to take place last week on Friday but was postponed by the company as it required more time for running a few further tests.

Announcers said at the time that the Block 5 rocket and its payload were "in good health" but that it would use the following 24 hours to check what "threw the abort today".

  • Joey Payne