The 5.4-ton (4,900kg/10,800lb) spacecraft, dubbed SES-12, will beam TV, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. "All of these dynamic customer requirements can now be met with the successful launch of SES-12, which will provide incremental high-performance capacity and offer greater reliability and flexibility to our customers". It will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES's NSS-6 satellite.
SpaceX has launched another satellite for a Luxembourg communication company. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) to provide customisable bandwidth services to SES customers.
Standing some 27 feet tall and weighing almost 12,000 pounds, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built in France by Airbus Defense and Space barely fit inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, or payload fairing. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a attractive start to the week!"
In January, the same newspaper reported that the National Board of the U.S. on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) postpones until spring 2019 start of regular manned flight spacecraft developed by SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.
"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. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations".