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SpaceX Launched A Record of 143 Satellites

SpaceX made history this morning. The Falcon 9 launched 143 satellites into orbit setting the record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket.

According to CNN, the previous record was made by the Indian Space Research Organization’s PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch System) in 2017 with 140 satellites.

The mission, Transporter-1, was to bring 133 government and commercial satellites and 10 Starlink satellites into orbit. According to SpaceX, the load was a part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program that offers customers a “reliable, affordable ride to orbit.”

Falcon 9 lifted off at 10 am EST from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and successfully landed on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” nine minutes after deploying the load.

The launch was also supposed to happen yesterday but was canceled due to the weather.

Here is the full mission:

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