SpaceX Launches 143 Satellites
Florida: Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, setting a new world record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10am EST (8:30pm IST) from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It flew south along the eastern coast of Florida on its way to space, the company said.
The reusable rocket ferried 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites to space – part of the company’s SmallSat Rideshare Program, which provides access to space for small satellite operators seeking a reliable, affordable ride to orbit, according to the company.
SpaceX delayed the launch one day because of unfavourable weather.
On January 22, Musk, took to Twitter and wrote: “Launching many small satellites for a wide range of customers tomorrow. Excited about offering low-cost access to orbit for small companies!”
SpaceX has previously launched to orbit more than 800 satellites of the several thousand needed to offer broadband Internet globally, a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 72,900 crores) investment it estimates could generate $30 billion (roughly Rs 2,18,700 crores) annually to help fund Musk’s interplanetary rocket program, called Starship.