SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

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

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

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

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carried the payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida at around 12:45 a.m. local time.

Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday. It came close to the end of its 4-hour launch window because of an issue with the Flight Termination System.

The company intends to fly a handful more of its used Block 4 versions of the Falcon 9 rocket before fully transitioning to the Block 5 version later this summer or early fall.

Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.

SpaceX will not attempt to recover the first stage-the rocket will instead fall into the ocean. The satellite is headed for geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles above Earth's surface, and will provide video and data services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, SES representatives said.

SpaceX has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket, so it did not attempt a recovery effort of the booster this time.

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