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SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday

04 June 2018

The first stage successfully landed during a flight in September, but was allowed to crash into the sea Monday because it's being discontinued.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched early Monday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite. The launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., has a four-hour window that opens 12:29am ET (04:29 UTC).

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched a satellite for long-time customer SES SA of Luxembourg early Monday, marking the company's 11th mission of the year. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday.

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The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the US military.

SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration.

The goal of the launch is for the SES-12 spacecraft to reach geostationary orbit. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest. According to the mission's press kit, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff.

SpaceX goes for its 11th launch of the year early on Monday