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SpaceX Postpones Launch of SES-12 satellite

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

The satellite is created to expand SES' capabilities to deliver very small aperture terminal and high-throughput data connectivity and direct-to-home broadcasting services in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

SpaceX has indicated it won't launch a pair of space tourists to loop around the moon this year as previously announced, the latest sign that technical and production challenges are disrupting founder Elon Musk's ambitious plans for human exploration of the solar system.

Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a attractive start to the week!"

SES-12, the most powerful all-electric satellite ever, was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4th June. 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. The SES, which is a Luxembourg-based telecom company, said that the SES-12 is one among its biggest launches aimed at providing crucial information to the Earth.

"We believe there are around about a billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity through the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", Hemingway told reporters last week.

SES was the first company to fly a spacecraft on a used Falcon 9 rocket booster.

The company is targeting roughly 30 missions in total this year, up from a record 18 in 2017.

Weather conditions are also being monitored at the Cape Canaveral launch site.

If this launch of SpaceX would not have taken place on Monday, the following window was scheduled for Tuesday, 5 June. Download the 10 News app now.