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SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.

SES-12, a communication satellite today roared into space from Cape Canavera on-board SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The four-hour launch window opens on Monday, June 4 at 12:29 a.m. EDT. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions.

SpaceX's next launch is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, set for the end of the month.

SES was the first company to fly a spacecraft on a used Falcon 9 rocket booster. The Block 5 variant of the rocket, optimized for reusability, has flown a single time, on May 11.

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

This is actually confirmation of something we already more-or-less knew.

During today's launch, the Falcon 9 successfully delivered SES-12 to geostationary orbit, high above Earth.

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.

About 32 minutes later, the Falcon 9's upper stage deployed the Airbus-built SES 12 telecom payload into a "supersynchronous" transfer orbit stretching more than 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) above Earth.

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