SpaceX once again demonstrated itself this Sunday with an ambitious mission, bringing into orbit at least 143 small satellites, a new record for one missile, and then successfully returned to land at sea.
A year for SpaceX promises to be a success. After the launch of the first batch of Starlink satellites from Florida on January 21, re-using one of its launch vehicles for the eighth time, successfully delivering the largest number of payloads never produced by a single missile.
In 2019, the company announced that it would offer to fly its Falcon 9 missiles at specific intervals during the year for a $1 million launch, which would allow small businesses to access space at a lower cost.
Falcon 9 took off on Sunday morning at 7:00 p.m. from Cape Canaveral, which was the fifth flight of the B1058 launch vehicle. The launch vehicle first flew in May 2020 to remove two NASA astronauts.
After a successful take-off, Falcon 9 returned to sea to its recovery barge, "of Race I Still Love You", noting the 73rd successful recovery of the SpaceX launcher since 2015.
Launching such a number of satellites at the same time was a challenge for SpaceX, as they had to be deployed in a time-bound sequence to avoid possible collisions. The first 48 satellites approved by the Earth Observation Society's Planet were launched in space just under 59 minutes after launch.
Note that of the 143 satellites deployed in space, there were 10 Starlink satellites that were first launched into polar orbit and that this type of orbit allows satellites to fly over the planet ' s poles, thus enabling SpaceX to provide Internet access to customers in Alaska. They were deployed 1 hour and 31 minutes after take-off.
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