SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rocket early Monday

Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: NASA)
Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: NASA)

If you're looking to catch SpaceX's next launch, you will probably have to stay up past bedtime.

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The company aims to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a commercial communications satellite into orbit around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The launch of the SES-12 communications satellite will be from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch window is four hours long.

SpaceX has aborted the launch of the rocket twice. The rocket was originally slated to launch Thursday and was rescheduled to Friday, but SpaceX aborted the launch again to run additional tests on the rocket’s second stage, according to a tweet.

According to the SES website, the communications satellite will be part of a network that increases "data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia."

German company Airbus Defense and Space manufactured the communications satellite, according to the SES website.

SpaceX conducted a static fire test of the rocket on the pad last week. 

Weather forecasters give Monday's launch a 70 percent likelihood, saying the primary concern is winds at the time of liftoff.

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