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SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region.

Monday's launch comes eight years to the day when SpaceX first successfully launched its Falcon 9 from the Cape. Instead, the stage simply fell back into the lower atmosphere for a crash landing in the ocean. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT and the satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

Said to be "uniquely designed" with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams and the largest satellite ever built for the company, SES-12 has been manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space will be positioned at 95° East.

"We believe around there are 1 billion people in the Asia-Pacific market that still don't have good connectivity to the devices you're all holding in your hands right now", John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, told reporters before the launch.

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Praising the Block 5, he added: 'We get a lot of performance from this vehicle. That engine is a monster. There are also some concerns about the Falcon Heavy rocket, which hasn't been under as much testing as the Falcon 9 rocket.

The black paint is part of the rocket's new thermal protection system, which makes it highly flame resistant and rapidly reusable.

SpaceX aims to lower launch costs by reusing rockets.

The Falcon 9 rocket is seeing more use due to upgrades that give it more thrust.

The rocket was initially scheduled to blast off on May 10, but the firm was forced to delay the maiden voyage after the rocket threw the abort signal 58 seconds before launch. The Block 5 variant of the rocket, optimized for reusability, has flown a single time, on May 11.

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