SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday with a record number of satellites on board, the private space company said.
The missile successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:00 a.m. (1500 GMT), 24 hours after its first launch was scrubbed due to bad weather.
Andy Tran, a SpaceX production manager, said in a video of the launch that the Falcon 9 carried 133 commercial and government “starships” as well as 10 SpaceX satellites.
“Most spacecraft ever used on a single mission,” said Tran.
SpaceX flies the Falcon 9 as part of a “ridesharing” program that other companies and governments use to pay Elon Musk-founded company to ship their technologies into space.
Falcon 9 launches 143 starships – the most ever deployed for a single mission – and completes SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission pic.twitter.com/CJSUvKWeb4
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 25, 2021
Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9’s main amplifier, which had pushed the rocket to the edge of space, separated from the rest of the vehicle and fell back to earth in a controlled fall.
It landed on an unmanned spaceship drone ship called “Of course I still love you” in the Atlantic, marking the fifth successful deployment and recapture of the booster.
In a series of tweets, SpaceX announced that all 143 satellites had been deployed successfully.
SpaceX aims to send thousands of tiny satellites into space to form a global broadband system called Starlink.
Scientists have raised concerns about the number of objects clogging space around the earth. According to SpaceX, their satellites should burn up in the atmosphere within a few years.
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