The last launch the Falcon 9's first stage embarked on happened in September previous year; the booster launched the U.S Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane.
The first stage Falcon 9 rocket that was used for this launch was used initially for launching the US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle past year in the month of September.
"Standing down from Friday's launch attempt to run additional tests on Falcon 9′ s second stage".
SpaceX launched a satellite for longtime customer SES SA of Luxembourg early Monday, marking the company's 11th mission of the year. As earlier said by the forecasters, the weather was probably favorable and a seventy percent chance for conditions favoring the launch was affirmed.
"The launch vehicle is expendable", said Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer for SES. The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space. 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. "It's basically two satellites in one". SpaceX is in the process of transitioning to upgraded block 5 boosters that are created to make 50 to 60 flights before retirement. "We're going really high".
SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a handsome start to the week!" The rocket is carrying a communications satellite.
"We believe around there are 1 billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity to the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, told reporters before the launch.