On Tuesday, SpaceX launched 85 satellites and three Starlink satellites to external customers, marking the company’s second successful launch of a dedicated carpool mission. Although the Transporter-2 mission will transport fewer objects into space than the first shared mission (Transporter-1 sent 143 satellites, setting a new record), it will generally launch more mass into orbit. model.
Announced in 2019, these missions distribute the payload capacity of the rocket to multiple customers, thereby reducing the cost of each customer, many of which are smaller companies, which may find costs associated with reaching orbit, otherwise they will not be able to Paid. SpaceX still ends up with full launch and operating revenue. At about 3:31 pm Eastern Time, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the twentieth launch of Falcon 9 in 2021 and the first launch this year.
The first phase is to return to land instead of on an unmanned ship at sea. The first-level booster parted ways around 3:34 pm. ET and returned to Cape Canaveral and successfully landed approximately 8 minutes after takeoff. This is its eighth flight. The mission includes nearly 10 customers, some of which are launch service providers that organize customer payloads. For example, Spaceflight Inc. launched 36 small satellites on behalf of 14 customers, and its electric propulsion is called Sherpa-LTE vehicle.
It also includes the first satellite launches of space intelligence companies Umbra and Loft Orbital’s “hitchhiking” satellites YAM-2 and YAM-3. Each satellite is equipped with five independent sensors for different customers because this is SpaceX this year. The 20th launch and the 127th mission so far), it can be safely assumed that the company will far exceed the record of 26 launches last year.
This is the second launch attempt of Transporter-2, originally scheduled for June 29th. T-11 seconds after rotating the aircraft into the flight zone. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the regulatory system has been broken.
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