OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

  • OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

OTD in Space - June 4: Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket into the night sky about a half hour after midnight Monday morning, deploying a European company's satellite, SES 12, with no apparent problems.

SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning.

The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES. The client there was the satellite operator SES, with the payload being set to deliver TV and data services to customers in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. The booster then came back to Earth for a pinpoint landing shortly after that liftoff, but won't do this for the SES-12 mission.

The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5.

Two space tourists who have already paid "a significant deposit" were supposed to be launched to lunar orbit later this year, SpaceX announced last year. Space Exploration Technologies, or Space X, was founded by billionaire Elon Musk, an internet entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and leads Tesla Motors.

SpaceX won't land the booster again. "We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming our design assumptions to be confident that is indeed able to be reused without taking apart", Musk said last month.