SES goes for “used” rocket to launch its SES-10 satellite

by | Aug 30, 2016 | Satellites, Space Insurance, SpaceX | 0 comments

Commercial satellite operator SES has decided to risk flying its 5,300 kg SES-10 satellite to a geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on a “reused reusable” first stage Falcon 9V1.2 FT launch vehicle (Seradata annotates this as a Falcon 9V1.2 FT-RR). The terms of the contract have not been disclosed but it is thought likely that the firm will have negotiated a discount for the launch which will take place in the fourth quarter of this year – with October previously indicated as the date.

However, the price reduction is thought to be less than the hoped for eventual 30% reduction in launch costs over current fully expendable flights of the Falcon 9 series. The identity of the reused rocket stage has not yet been disclosed. Space insurance rates are reported to be similar to those using a standard launch.

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