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It fired off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:45am BST (00:45 ET) and successfully deployed the SES-12 satellite 32 minutes after lift-off. It was the 56th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's 11th flight so far this year and the company's fifth launch for SES.

The moon missin delay comes as SpaceX is predicting a almost 40 percent drop in launches for the next year, WSJ noted, after estimating there would be as many as 28 liftoffs in 2018. It will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES' NSS-6 satellite.

Or it could help provide internet service to cell phone carriers or to passengers on planes and cruise ships, and to remote areas that lack reliable connections.

"We believe there are around about a billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity through the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", Hemingway told reporters last week. "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", said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES. 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. "And satellite is one, and sometimes the only, way to connect 2G, 3G and 4G to those markets". After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. Americans to deliver cargo to the global space station using the Cygnus vehicles Orbital ATK and Dragon manufactured by SpaceX.

SpaceX made no attempt to recover the earlier-generation "block 4" first stage, which was limited to only two flights.

SpaceX says the team is using additional time to perform pre-launch vehicle checks and tests.

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