A large commercial satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flew for the second time following a blast on Monday at Cape Canaveral. Eight years after the Falcon 9’s debut on the same pad, the rocket launched from the Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 pm and sent a rumble across the Space Coast, which overwhelmed several residents before the start of the work week.
Thirty-two minutes later, after firing of engines, the top floor of the rocket used the communications satellite SES-12, which is one of the largest and most powerful, by SES of Luxembourg.
About 27 feet tall and nearly 12,000 pounds heavy, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built by Airbus Defense and Space in France hardly fit into the nose of the Falcon 9 rocket or payload fairing.
The SES-12 is referred to as two satellites in one, providing broadband data and transmission services to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.
The satellite could help broadcast television programs directly to more than 18 Million households in the Asia-Pacific region, along with the SES-8 satellite, launched in 2013 by SpaceX. They will be side by side over a length of 95 Degrees above the equator, more than 22,000 Miles upwards.
It can help provide with Internet services to mobile operators, passengers on airplanes, cruise liners, as well as remote areas that are still without reliable connections.
“We believe there are one billion people in the Asia-Pacific market who still do not have good connectivity to the devices they hold in their hands,” said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.
The SES-12 satellite is able to carry more communications loads as it carries very little chemical fuel, which is used by most spacecraft to maneuver and hold their positions. Instead, the satellite will have an electric drive that uses xenon gas pulses to slowly circulate its orbit around the equator for a period of months.