SpaceX prepares for Monday launch of SES-12 satellite

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On June 4, 2010, the first Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage and reached orbit. The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday.

Monday's launch attempt will try to send the 5.4-ton SES-12 communications satellite to a high transfer orbit.

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The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 carried a satellite for one world's biggest satellite companies - Luxembourg-based SES.

The satellite will provide direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East, according to CBS News.

The National Weather Service had predicted decent weather for the launch with only a 20 percent chance of rain, with gusts as high as 18 to 20 miles per hour and sky cover of about 50 percent in the Titusville area.

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The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the US military.

It was be the company's 11th launch of the year, and the 13th time SpaceX has reused a Falcon booster.

If you're up late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, the webcast below should begin about 15 minutes before the anticipated launch time.

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