On Sunday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX broke a world record by deploying 143 satellites into orbit on its Falcon 9 rocket. This spacecraft was T launched by the company as part of a SmallSat ‘Rideshare’ program called Transporter-1.
Falcon 9 launches 143 spacecraft to orbit — the most ever deployed on a single mission — completing SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission pic.twitter.com/CJSUvKWeb4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 25, 2021
The rocket was successfully launched at 10:00 am (1500 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It took off 24 hours after its initial take-off time due to the bad weather. SpaceX production supervisor, Andy Tran said in a video of the launch that the Falcon 9 was carrying 133 government and commercial “spacecraft” as well 10 SpaceX satellites. SpaceX’s aim is to send thousands of small satellites into space to form a global broadband system called Starlink.
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