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SpaceX launches a record 100-plus satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket – CNET

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SpaceX shared this scenic view of a Falcon 9 awaiting launch.


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SpaceX lifted a record-breaking variety of satellites in a single payload when its Transporter-1 ride-share mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET) on Sunday morning.

The payload for this house equal of an Uber to orbit features a cornucopia of small satellites from authorities and industrial entities, together with 10 of SpaceX’s personal Starlink broadband satellites. In whole, the corporate says there are 143 little spacecraft aboard, which it claims to be a document.

About 9 minutes after boosting the payload and second stage on their strategy to house, the first-stage booster returned for a pinpoint touchdown on the SpaceX droneship Of Course I Nonetheless Love You within the Atlantic.

Within the weeks main as much as launch there was some last-minute shifting round after two DARPA satellites have been by chance damaged earlier this month at a processing facility. The Starlink satellites have been additionally a last-minute addition. The payload consists of a number of small spacecraft from Nanoracks and more from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the US Division of Protection and lots of others.

The launch was initially scheduled for December however was been postponed a handful of occasions, together with from Saturday, when climate pushed it again to Sunday. 

The Falcon 9 booster made its fifth flight and touchdown of its profession. Probably the most we have seen from a Falcon 9 to this point is eight flights.

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