SpaceX successfully launched today a satellite using a used rocket for the 13th time.
A Falcon 9, which previously lofted the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane, successfully deployed the SES-12 satellite to orbit. The mission was for Luxembourg-based SES, which launched the satellite to offer data and video services to the Asia-Pacific region.
SES has an important place in SpaceX history, as it was the first SpaceX customer that agreed to employee a used Falcon 9. The SES-10 satellite was launched on March 30, 2017.
The mission lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. ET.
SpaceX did not attempt to recover the first stage booster for this flight, as it’s phasing out this generation of rocket in favor of the more resilient “Block 5” version of the Falcon 9.
Watch the launch webcast below.