need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program

FILE PHOTO: After arriving on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Award, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk debuted in Berlin, Germany on December 1, 2020. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanske / Pool

(Reuters) – Rocket, a veteran of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, a new record for the most spacecraft deployed on a mission, according to the company.

The Falcon 9 rocket was lifted from Space Launch Complex 40 to 10 am EST at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It flew south along the east coast of Florida on its way to space, the company said.

The reusable rocket sent 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites into space – part of the company’s SmallSat rideshare program, which provides access to space for small satellite operators, according to the company, a reliable, affordable Let’s look for a ride.

SpaceX delayed the launch by a day due to unfavorable weather. On January 22, Tesla Inc. CEO Musk wrote on Twitter, “launching a number of small satellites for a wide range of customers tomorrow. Excited about offering low cost in class for small companies! “

SpaceX has first launched into orbit more than 800 of the many thousands of satellites needed to offer broadband Internet globally, a $ 10 billion investment that is estimated to fund Musk’s interplanetary rocket program called Starship Can help make $ 30 billion annually to help.

Reporting by Helen Coster; Editing by Daniel Wallis


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