SpaceX, the company of the world’s richest businessman Elon Musk, set a record for launching 143 small satellites with a single rocket. According to the price cut, this mission is very cheap, which has been named Transporter-1. According to the company’s CEO Elon Musk, nothing has been done like this before. This has opened the way to space for small companies.
The company’s Falcon-9 rocket took off at around 10 am from Space Launch Complex 40 of Cap Canaveral Space Force Station on the east coast of Florida in the US. It brought 133 commercial and 10 Starlink satellites together into space. Explain that it was part of the company’s smallset rideshare program. The aim is to open the doors of space to small satellite operators.
According to the company, it is very cheap. It was earlier postponed for a day due to bad weather. This is the largest number of satellites sent in a mission. Also, SpaceX’s first SmallSat rideshare program mission is being completed. Space X has sent several satellites into space to increase the capacity of the Internet. The company has invested around $ 10 billion on this.
According to the company, the rideshare program gives small satellite companies access to space at a lower cost. For a satellite weighing 200 kg, it starts at one million dollars (about seven hundred and fifty million rupees). Through this, these companies can send in their satellite space.
The 143 satellites launched by SpaceX include 48 Earth Imaging Satellites from the US and Germany, 17 communication satellites and 30 smaller satellites. The Falcon-9 rocket sent Shoe Box-sized cubesets and a much heavier micro satellite to the orbit.
NASA said in a statement that the number of satellites is too high to break both American and world records. The previous record is of launching 108 satellites. They were launched from Cygnus Mission in November 2018. SpaceX’s previous record is of 64 satellites, which was launched in December 2018.