Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

GETTYSpaceX is set to launch another Falcon 9 rocket into space this morning

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

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

The company originally planned to launch last week, but postponed the launch to run more tests.

The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific.

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The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit. For example, the first stage of the recently debuted "Block 5" Falcon 9 is created to fly 10 times with just inspections between touchdown and liftoff, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment in the mix, Musk has said. Its first stages are created to fly 10 times with inspections between landing and launch only, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved.

Musk also wants to reuse the two-stage Falon 9's upper stage and its payload fairing - the nose cone that protects satellites during launch. The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.

SpaceX will not attempt to recover the rocket's first stage this time around.

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