SpaceX Launches 143 Satellites On One Rocket

SpaceX Launches 143 Satellites On One Rocket

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter before the launch, "Launching many small satellites for a wide range of customers tomorrow".

The cargo capsule atop the Falcon 9 flying today holds a total of 143 satellites according to SpaceX, which is a new record for the highest number of satellites being launched on a single rocket - beating out a payload of 104 spacecraft delivered by Indian Space Research Organization's PSLV-C37 launch back in February 2017. Some Canadians who are already part of the beta have reported welcome improvements in connectivity. The mission was also the first in the program SpaceX's SmallSat Rideshare and included a mix of commercial and government satellites.

The company said it would move its Falcon 9 launch of Transporter-1 to January 24 "with a 22-minute window opening at 10:00 a.m EST".

SpaceX delayed the launch one day because of unfavourable weather. As it is known, SpaceX aims to provide internet service from satellites in orbit to anywhere in the world with the Starlink Project.

"Due to adverse weather conditions, we are withdrawing from today's launch", the company tweeted the Saturday.

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Musk applauded the launch on Friday, saying he was "excited about offering low-priced orbiting for small businesses!"

Transporter-1 is SpaceX's third launch of 2021, as well as Falcon 9 booster B1058's fifth successful launch and landing in less than eight months.

SpaceX has previously launched more than 800 of the several thousand satellites needed to offer broadband internet worldwide - a $10 billion investment that the company estimates could generate $30 billion each year to fund Elon Musk's interplanetary rocket program, Starship. The component successfully landed on the "Of course I still love you" drone in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after Sunday's launch, signaling that the booster can be reused.

"The most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission", said Tran, reports AFP.

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