- SpaceX launched 143 satellites on Sunday after the carpool mission was delayed a day earlier.
- The mission breaks the record for the most satellites deployed in a single mission, Elon Musk’s company said.
- The launch was due to take place on Saturday before inclement weather delayed the mission.
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SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched 143 satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket after initially delaying the launch due to inclement weather conditions.
The Transporter-1 mission breaks the record for the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single launch, according to the company, surpassing the previous high of 104 satellites set by an Indian rocket in 2017. The mission was also the first in the program SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare and included a mix of commercial and government satellites.
The Falcon 9 took off at 10 a.m. ET Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The mission was originally scheduled to take place in December before several delays pushed back the launch date. Elon Musk’s SpaceX was aiming for the launch to take place on Saturday before weather issues forced another postponement.
“Due to adverse weather conditions, we are withdrawing from today’s launch”, the company tweeted the Saturday.
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The Falcon 9 rocket used in Sunday’s launch included a first-stage booster used in five previous SpaceX missions, according to the site Company web. 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.
Musk applauded the launch on Friday, saying he was “excited about offering low-cost orbiting for small businesses!”
Sunday’s mission follows a Wednesday’s launch that put 60 of the company’s Starlink Internet satellites into orbit. SpaceX’s goal is to eventually provide global broadband coverage with 42,000 such satellites.
The Transporter-1 mission included 10 Starlink satellites in its payload. More than 1,000 satellites are already in orbit, according to Space.com.
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