SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year


SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear.

SpaceX will go for its 11th successful launch of the year early on Monday, with a mission to send a communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.

This is the second time that Falcon 9 has taken off from the same pad.

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX.

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

The other vehicles SpaceX is flying or developing are resuable, too.

This flight will use Falcon 9 first stage rocket that first launched the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission, last September.

And the BFR - the giant rocket-spaceship duo SpaceX is developing to get people to Mars, launch satellites, clean up space junk and carry passengers on superfast trips around Earth - is created to be fully reusable.

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

The satellite will provide direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East, according to CBS News. The SES-10 satellite lifted off on March 30, 2017, atop a Falcon 9 with a used first stage.