Published: Wed, January 27, 2021
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SpaceX Launches Record-Breaking Rideshare Mission Carrying 143 Satellites


It should be noted that SpaceX's record Sunday launch of 143 satellites, a mission dubbed "Transporter-1" was not entirely made of satellites for SpaceX's Starlink service.

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched the Transporter-1 mission carrying 143 satellites that will be deployed to the polar orbit on Sunday.

The SmallSat Rideshare Program provides increased access to space for small satellite operators seeking a "reliable, affordable ride to orbit".

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, also known as SpaceX, is a private space company dedicated to the development of space transport vehicles, newly founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.


Falcon 9 booster returns to land on autonomous barge. However, due to bad weather conditions, the launch was delayed for 24 hours. It also proceeds with its plan to create a constellation of satellites that can beam internet to every ocrner of the globve, as part of the Starlink project. SpaceX already has permission from the U.S. federal government to launch thousands of satellites to bulk up the Starlink constellation, and in recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX said it wants to put a few thousand of those satellites in a lower altitude than previously planned or authorized. The company has secured licensing from authorities to launch more than 12,000 satellites. This record is held by the Indian launch vehicle set in 2017.

SpaceX is yet to publicly disclose information surrounding its rideshare program, including the number of payloads already scheduled for launches in the future. Among the launched satellites are often found several of various sizes (the overwhelming majority of companies that hired SpaceX to launch their devices into space), while the most shipment was that of the ten new satellites of the Starlink project administered by Musk's company. "Excited about offering low-priced access to orbit for small companies!"

Vice President of Launch at Planet, Mike Safyan, said SpaceX has been able to drastically cut down on the cost of launches.

Other small-time satellite rocket companies would be closely following events as they play themselves out. Regarding the shipment of the opposite 133 satellites, it had been administered through the SmallSat Rideshare project, which works as a personal transport service that the corporate offers to different companies around the world, most of which don't have the required means to form your pitches.

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