SpaceX postpones the Falcon 9 rocket launch to June 4

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A large commercial satellite is safely in orbit after an early Monday blastoff from Cape Canaveral atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was flying for the second time.

The first stage of this Falcon 9 rocket is using one of the three remaining Block 4 cores that are being phased out for the improved Block 5 design.

About 27 feet tall and almost 12,000 pounds heavy, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built by Airbus Defense and Space in France hardly fit into the nose of the Falcon 9 rocket or payload fairing.

"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are under way for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth", SpaceX said in a statement.

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. SES-12 will join SES' network of seven geostationary satellites and 16 MEO satellites across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES said, "More content".

Praising the Block 5, he added: 'We get a lot of performance from this vehicle. That engine is a monster.

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Industry projections show a five-fold increase in aircraft use of broadband services over the next five years, a doubling of maritime users and up to a million or more additional "connected enterprises". The 4 hours launch window was opened at near about 12:29 a.m. ET.

The craft, carrying Bangladesh's first communications satellite, the Bangabandhu 1, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

No attempt was made to land the booster after its second flight.

Musk has referred to the Block 5 as the "finished version" of SpaceX's Falcon 9, as it has been created to endure up to 100 flights in a single lifespan.

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.

Standing some 27 feet tall and weighing almost 12,000 pounds, Halliwell joked that the spacecraft built in France by Airbus Defense and Space barely fit inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone, or payload fairing.