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SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

Monday's launch attempt will try to send the 5.4-ton SES-12 communications satellite to a high transfer orbit. The satellite will provide data and video services to millions of people throughout the Asia-Pacific region, said representatives of SES, the Luxembourg-based company that will operate the spacecraft. But the company announced the need for additional tests to the rocket's upper stage.

The National Weather Service had predicted decent weather for the launch with only a 20 percent chance of rain, with gusts as high as 18 to 20 miles per hour and sky cover of about 50 percent in the Titusville area. The original plan was for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to power the mission, but Musk said a few months ago that the company would probably use its "Big F-ing Rocket" (BFR) instead. Space Exploration Technologies, or Space X, was founded by billionaire Elon Musk, an internet entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and leads Tesla Motors. 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. The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.




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


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