SpaceX launches SES-12 communications satellite

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So far, only the first stages have been landed and launched again.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready to liftoff early Monday morning from Cape Canaveral carrying the SES 12 satellite. The weather appears favorable, with a 70 percent chance of "go" conditions. The four-hour launch window opens on Monday, June 4 at 12:29 a.m. EDT. "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.

The company had delayed the launch over the weekend, tweeting on Thursday that it was "standing down" a Friday morning attempt to run additional tests on the second stage booster.

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Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite. SpaceX won't attempt to recover the first stage after the launch. It is created to support SES's direct-to-home broadcasting and data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, according to SES.

Monday's launch comes eight years to the day when SpaceX first successfully launched its Falcon 9 from the Cape.

The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit.

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