SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon

07 June, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Cecelia Webb
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the SES-12 commercial communications satellite in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, June 4, 2018.

The Falcon 9 rocket soared off Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 a.m.; the launch was delayed 16 minutes because of gusty winds.

Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the SES-12 spacecraft.

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. As earlier said by the forecasters, the weather was probably favorable and a seventy percent chance for conditions favoring the launch was affirmed. SpaceX may try to recover the Falcon 9 fairings at sea, which make up the rocket's nose cone, where the payload is encased. "It's basically two satellites in one".




Space X will not be trying to land the Falcon 9 booster for the second time.

"We get a lot of performance from this vehicle", Halliwell said of the Falcon 9. "We're going really high". SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years. In no time, social media was flooded with handsome pictures of the SES-12 lifting off into space along with timelapses and long exposure shots.

Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of satellite communications services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises".

"We believe there are one billion people in the Asia-Pacific market who still do not have good connectivity to the devices they hold in their hands", said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.

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