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SpaceX Transporter-1 launch carries 143 spacecraft

SpaceX Transporter-1 launch carries 143 spacecraft

The Falcon 9 missile stands on the launch pad in Florida prior to takeoff for the Transporter-1 mission.

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SpaceX launched another record-breaking rocket on Sunday with its first “Flight Sharing” mission carrying dozens of tiny satellites into space.

The Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carried 143 spacecraft into orbit – a new world record for most spacecraft launched simultaneously, and exceeded the mark 104 set by India’s PSLV rocket in February 2017.

The SpaceX mission, named Transporter-1, was the first for the company’s SmallSat Rideshare program.

While SpaceX announces its launch of a Falcon 9 dedicated to a single satellite for $ 62 million, the company’s launch SmallSat Rideshare gives smaller satellites – the size of a mailbox – the option to spin for as little as $ 1 million for 200 kilograms.

These rideshare missions are becoming increasingly common in the space industry, with International competitors like Vega from Arianespace Looking to claim a share of the growing market for small satellites.

Rideshare Missions offers a different option for low-cost satellites looking for a flight into orbit, using the Smaller rockets like the Electron Rocket Lab offer a more detailed approach.

“SpaceX offers a competitive, flight-sharing option that greatly benefits from the launch of Starlink,” Phil Smith, chief space and technology analyst for Press told CNBC.

Smith said that SpaceX’s service isn’t completely required, but companies can pay a premium at all according to their schedule, rather than the primary customer’s schedule.

Smith said of SpaceX: “There is a fairly reliable ‘bus route’ available, while I suppose one can compare companies like Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit as on-demand taxis that get your satellite where you want it faster. ” Available time.”

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Elon Musk The company launched 133 satellites to a wide range of government and private customers, in addition to 10 of its Starlink satellites.

SpaceX customers aboard Transporter-1 include: Planet Labs, Exolaunch, D-Orbit, Kepler Communications, Spaceflight Inc, Nanoracks, NASA and Capella Space, as well as iQPS, Loft Orbital, Spire Global, ICEYE, HawkEye 360, Astrocast and University of South Florida Institute of Applied Engineering.

It is worth noting that the ten Starlink satellites on board this mission will be the first in the constellation to spread in polar orbit, such as The company continues to expand the public’s access to the satellite Internet. These 10 satellites were added after Momentus performed its first Vigoride mission from the Transporter-1 launch earlier this month. Momentus cited the additional time required for regulatory approval as the reason for the change.

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