SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

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The launch of the SES-12 communications satellite is scheduled to liftoff from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.

SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions.

This was the second mission for the launcher's first stage, which also helped loft the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane last September. But the company announced the need for additional tests to the rocket's upper stage. These activities are part of SpaceX's effort to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft - technology that company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said could open the solar system to exploration by drastically reducing the cost of spaceflight. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.

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The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5.

The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific.

SpaceX will go for its 11th successful launch of the year early on Monday, with a mission to send a communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.

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