The powerful, hefty SES satellite, weighing in at 12,000 pounds (5,400 kilograms), will provide TV and data coverage across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.
SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It will replace and augment the services now being provided on SES's NSS-6 satellite.
SES-12 is the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit. The satellite will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a lovely start to the week!"
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In January, the same newspaper reported that the National Board of the United States of America on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) postpones until spring 2019 start of regular manned flight spacecraft developed by SpaceX and Boeing. SES-12 is designed for an operational life of some 15 years.
"We believe there are one billion people in the Asia-Pacific market who still do not have good connectivity to the devices they hold in their hands", said John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.
This is actually confirmation of something we already more-or-less knew.
Musk also wants to reuse the two-stage Falcon 9's upper stage and its payload fairing - the nose cone that protects satellites during launch. After extensive tests and checkout, SES-12 should enter operational service early next year.