SpaceX launches 88 satellites in rideshare mission

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SpaceX launches rideshare mission from Cape Canaveral

Orlando Sentinel 30 June, 2021 - 05:26pm

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at 3:31 p.m., heading to a polar orbit that took the rocket south along Florida’s East Coast over the Atlantic.

A Tuesday attempt was called off because of an aircraft that ventured into the Eastern Range, the area over the Atlantic over which the Falcon 9 rocket would ascend.

Wednesday’s attempt, though, took off without a hitch, and the Falcon 9 rocket booster successfully landed back on land at the Cape, causing a loud sonic boom over parts of Central Florida. The booster had flown already on seven previous missions. Most recovery attempts occur at sea when they land on the SpaceX drone ships.

The landing marked the 89th successful recovery of a booster from an orbital launch for SpaceX, part of its plans to keep costs down by recycling rocket parts. In the Atlantic, teams will also attempt to recover the two halves of the fairing that were jettisoned during launch.

The launch is the 20th for SpaceX in 2021 and 127th overall.

The mission is part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program, which offers its Falcon 9 to transport small satellites into orbit. This is the second such mission, this time carrying 85 commercial and government satellites such as CubeSats, microsats and orbital transfer vehicles as well as three more of SpaceX’s own Starlink satellites.

“While there are fewer spacecraft on board compared to Transporter-1, this mission is actually launching more mass to orbit for SpaceX’s customers,” the company said in a statement.

The company aims to launch three rideshare missions per year, and offers some opportunity on its own Starlink launches.

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