SpaceX reportedly delays plans to send tourists around Moon

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SES has reported that its SES-12 satellite was successfully launched onboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. 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.

SES-12 will operate in the Ku and Ka-bands with a total of 76 active transponders and eight antennas. It will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES's NSS-6 satellite.

SES-12 is a geostationary satellite with six wide beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams. The spacecraft also has a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) that increases payload flexibility to provide much more customisable bandwidth solutions to SES's customers.

No attempt was made to recover the pre-flown first stage. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a handsome start to the week!"

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February a year ago that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth. The good side of all this is it actually extends our (on orbit) life capability from 15 to 22 years. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

SpaceX said Monday the rocket's first stage used to launch the SES-12 satellite was initially deployed in September 2017 to support the Orbital Test Vehicle 5 mission.

"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are under way for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth", SpaceX said in a statement.

This is actually confirmation of something we already more-or-less knew. "The Airbus team has now started SES-12 Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) operations".

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