SpaceX will transform one of its Falcon 9 rockets into space equivalent to Uber when it launches its Transporter-1 ride-share mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday. Payloads for this mission include SpaceX’s 10 as well as a cornea of small satellites from government and commercial entities.Broadband satellites.
We found out on Thursday that Cargo would include 48 Superdove satellites for Planet Labs, bringing the total to 133 satellites on record in a single launch.
SpaceX has confirmed the total number of satellites in the ride-share payload. The two DARPA satellites were moved to a processing facility earlier this month for about a few minutes after being accidentally damaged. Starlink satellites were also a last minute addition. The payload includes several small spacecraft from Nanorax and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the US Department of Defense, and many others.
The launch was originally scheduled for December, but was postponed sometime from Saturday, when the weather pushed it back on Sunday.
The Falcon 9 booster will be making its fifth flight and is expected to land on a droneship deployed across the Atlantic long after the flight. SpaceX is also likely to attempt to recover fairing, or nose cones, a move that is becoming a more regular part of each mission.
The launch starts as a 7 pm PT (10 pm ET) with a 22 minute launch window. The entire mission will be livestreamed by SpaceX as usual. You can follow below to start approximately 10 minutes before launch.
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