The North American aerospace company SpaceX launched this Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, in Florida, a record of 143 satellites in the so-called mission Transporter-1, your new multi-company load sharing program at a lower cost.
The Falcon 9 first stage booster was previously used in the launch of the second Crew Dragon demonstration mission, the ANASIS-II mission, a Starlink mission, and the launch of the 21st Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
After the separation of the first stage of the Falcon 9, it landed on the platform parked in the Atlantic Ocean.
Onboard this launch were 133 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsatellites, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 10 Starlink satellites, the largest number of spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission. The Starlink satellites aboard this mission were the first in the constellation to deploy in a polar orbit. One of the launched satellites contained small capsules of human ashes from a funeral home.
SpaceX’s goal is to send 1,584 satellites into Earth orbit about 549 kilometers above Earth, a much shorter distance than usual for these commercial devices.
The price for sending 200 kilograms of cargo into a synchronous orbit with the sun is one million dollars.
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