WATCH: SpaceX launches the biggest US “Rideshare” Mission with 64 satellites

New Delhi: Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from California on Monday carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, which the company called the largest-ever “rideshare” mission by a U.S.-based rocket.

The mission made history by launching & landing Falcon 9's first stage in its third successful reuse.
The mission made history by launching & landing Falcon 9’s first stage in its third successful reuse.
The mission illustrated the growing demand to launch small satellites, modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain monitoring.
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For SpaceX, Monday’s mission, called SSO-A, marked its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches last year.

“Falcon fairing halves missed the net, but touched down softly in the water,” Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, said on Twitter. He added that a boat was on the move to pick them up.


“Plan is to dry them out & launch again. Nothing wrong with a little swim,” Musk followed up in a subsequent tweet.

There is a massive backlog of small satellites waiting to get to orbit. And companies including SpaceX and OneWeb are racing to send constellations of thousands of high-speed internet satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The launch was chartered by a company called Spaceflight, which specializes in space “rideshares,” or putting multiple satellites on the same rocket.

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