SpaceX reportedly delays plans to send tourists around Moon

SpaceX will live-stream the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket

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".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brace Yourselves: The US-China Trade War Is About to Begin
Jun 06, 2018 - 01:46
China's exports have mushroomed since joining the World Trade Organisation in 2001, making it the world's second-largest economy. The U.S. leader has also threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods if Beijing retaliates.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland destroyed by lava
Jun 06, 2018 - 00:50
This combines a toxic steam, known as laze - combining the words lava and haze - and contains tiny particles of volcanic gas. Three people were evacuated from an isolated part of the Kapoho community Sunday, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Killed, Over 2000 Evacuated As Guatemalan Volcano Erupts, City Airport Shut
Jun 04, 2018 - 08:21
A search was underway for the missing, though first responders efforts were hindered by the lava flow, officials said. CONRED said the number of dead had risen to 25, from an earlier estimate of seven, including a CONRED employee.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump tweets about jobs report ahead of release
Jun 04, 2018 - 07:59
In the span of time between when Trump posted his tweet and when the jobs report was released, USA treasury yields shot up. That comment was made, however, shortly after lunch, hours before the White House would have received the jobs data.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Teens are jumping ship on Facebook for rival platforms
Jun 04, 2018 - 07:43
Also, respondents were asked to categorically state whether they use each of the platforms or not in the previous survey . By comparison, during Pew's 2014-2015 survey , only 24 per cent of teens said there were online nearly constantly.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Neymar returns with brilliant solo goal against Croatia
Jun 04, 2018 - 07:43
Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective. I always respect his [ Tite's ] opinion ( regarding his dispute with Jesus for a spot in the Starting XI )".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Specter of trade war after United States tariffs on EU, Mexico, Canada
Jun 04, 2018 - 07:29
Mexico, for instance, plans to retaliate against the steel and aluminum tariffs by targeting US cheese, among other products. European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said President Trump's tariffs were "totally unacceptable".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Goodman opens up about ‘Roseanne’ controversy at Metairie auto shop
Jun 02, 2018 - 05:14
He told Cooper of a time that Trump criticized her directly after their divorce. "When I read her social media, in the very beginning..."

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Zidane resigns as Real Madrid head coach in shock announcement
Jun 02, 2018 - 04:59
I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be. "The players have nothing to do with my decision, it is about what I think". Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down Real Madrid on multiple occasions and says he wants to be "tested" in his next role.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Quiz: Name The Championship Playoff Final Winners Since 1992/93
Jun 02, 2018 - 03:44
He said, "I have been doing it a long time and I'm in charge of a great team with a big history". "We know what is ahead of us". Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory in their Championship play-off final against Aston Villa .

Facebook Is Scrapping Its Troubled 'Trending' News Section
Jun 02, 2018 - 03:27
Another feature, called " Today In ", shows people breaking news in their area from local publishers, officials and organizations. Facebook has announced that it will be dropping its "Trending" feature that promotes popular news content on the platform.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White House says Trump is not defending Roseanne Barr
Jun 01, 2018 - 19:18
On feeling it wouldn't last long: "I was not surprised that what went down and that the show was canceled ". Because CLEARLY, the impeccable Michelle Obama is wasting a second of her life on you.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Tariffs Raise Fears of Trade War with American Allies
Jun 01, 2018 - 19:13
Trump last week he would go down to Washington with Freeland and personally sit down with the president to work out details. EU: Juncker said the bloc would move forward with tariffs on equal value to the steel and aluminium measures.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cleveland DB promises free jerseys if Cavs win
Jun 01, 2018 - 19:05
One fan tweeted that there's "zero chance" Randall delivers on his wager, but he was quick to respond, "100% chance". That's probably why Randall was confident enough to double down on the tweet after it blew up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Friday is National Donut Day = FREE DONUTS!
Jun 01, 2018 - 18:38
National Donut Day is always observed on the first Friday in June and makes for a great excuse to enjoy the classic sweet treat . Tasty Donuts will also be giving away free glazed doughnuts to the first 500 customers who come into the store on Friday.