SpaceX launches 143 satellites on single rocket


SpaceX’s attempt to launch a record 143 satellites on a single Falcon 9 rocket was halted on Saturday due to inclement weather conditions.

The company, owned by Elon Musk, said in a tweet, “Due to adverse weather, we stand below today’s launch.”

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SpaceX wrote, “Another launch attempt is available tomorrow, January 24 at 10:00 AM EST with a 22-minute window.”

According to Ars Technica, the weather “violates the rules of the electric sector for a safe launch.”

SpaceX was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at approximately 9:40 a.m. ET on Saturday.

The launch will be the fifth flight for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first-stage booster, but the team’s first mission of a rideshare program, which will include 10 Starlink Internet satellites and 133 other smaller satellites.

In its rideshare program, SpaceX allows small satellite operators to book a fraction of the payload at the Falcon 9 launch.

SpaceX production supervisor Andy Tran said the mission would break records for most satellites deployed by a rocket.

Tech Crunch reported on Saturday that the previous record was from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37 launch of the Indian Space Research Organization in February 2017.

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SpaceX has seen success in the last one year, including the internationally launched flawless launch of the company’s first spacecraft.

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