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SpaceX: Third SES O3b Misson Lifts Off from Cape Canaveral Sunday in Ongoing Effort to Provide Internet Access to Remote Locations

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Florida - Monday November 13, 2023: On Sunday, November 12 at 4:08 p.m. ET, SpaceX launched the SES O3b mPOWER mission to medium-Earth (MEO) orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral.

SES is a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company. Its O3b mPOWER program aims to provide internet access to remote locations around the world. The satellites operate in an MEO which is roughly 8,000 kilometers above the Earth.

This was the third launch of the Boeing-built O3b mPower satellites for SES. The first two O3b mPOWER satellites launched on Dec. 16, 2022, followed by the second pair on April 28, 2023.

Sunday's launch delivered the fifth and sixth satellites into MEO orbit. SES expects to be ready to provide high-performance connectivity services early in the Second Quarter of 2024.

This was also the ninth flight of SpaceX's first stage booster which supported this latest mission. It previously launched CRS-26, OneWeb Launch 16, Intelsat IS-40e, and five Starlink missions.