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14 months ago, the aerospace industry watched in fascination as the European satellite operator SES prepared to launch its first customer with a used SpaceX missile. The technology chief of SES in Luxembourg had great confidence in the airworthiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, but knew that That there is no precedent for a large orbital missile to fly for the second time

"In the back of my mind, well, it has never been done before, will it all come at the seams?" Halliwell FLORIDA TODAY said in March in the Near the anniversary of the historic start. "Obviously, it was successful, and now it's becoming the norm for SpaceX flights."

Earlier this year, SES plans for the fourth time that SpaceX calls a "proven" Falcon 9-Booster for the 13th time overall SpaceX will reuse a rocket.

The launch will begin at 12:29 on Friday, June 1, at the opening of a more than two-hour window at the launch complex of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 40.

Resistant storm clouds are said to be the 45th Air Force weather squadron the probability of an acceptable start weather is limited to 40%.

The Falcon 9-Booster was first launched by the Kennedy Space Center last September when it supported the Air Force's X-33B spacecraft in orbit

12,000-pound spacecraft

The 230-foot rocket features a communications satellite Halliwell calls "Brute".

The SES-12 spacecraft built in France by Airbus Defense was built at around £ 12,000, and space is not the heaviest of its kind, but is large and tall.

"It's basically two satellites in one," said Halliwell, describing radio and broadband satellites "beaten up together in a bus."

According to Airbus The satellite is the largest and most powerful satellite, relying entirely on electric propulsion to reach and sustain its final orbit high above the equator.

The use of electric drive reduces the weight normally reserved for chemical fuels.

Providing only a fraction of the thrust, the all-electric satellite will take months instead of days or weeks to establish itself in orbit and service the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

The new satellite (19659008) SpaceX will not try to land the Falcon 9 booster a second time.

Landing the rocket at sea after taking off such a heavy satellite would have been a challenge anyway. SpaceX is also dismantling the older Falcon 9s after two flights in favor of an improved version, which can start ten or more times, according to the company.

Customers Get Nervous Before Starting, Halliwell said The return flight of a Falcon 9 last year was no different.

"Have we done everything? Is the spaceship alright? You have a thousand different systems that you want to check," he said. "Ironically, this was one of the smoothest missions we've ever had with SpaceX, it was a great experience at the end of the day."

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Start Friday

Missile: SpaceX Falcon 9 (Resurrection)

Mission: SES-12 Communications Satellite

Start Time: 12:29 EDT Friday

Start Window: To 2:57 EDT Friday

Start Complex: 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base

Landing: None

Weather: 40 percent "go"

Join for countdown updates and chat at around 11:30 pm Thursday, including streaming the launch Webcasts from SpaceX about 15 minutes before the start.

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