SpaceX has set a new all-time record for the most satellites launched and deployed on a single mission with its Transporter-1 flight on Sunday. The launch was the first of SpaceX’s dedicated rideshare missions, in which it splits its rocket’s payload capacity among multiple customers, resulting in lower costs for each, but still giving SpaceX a full launch and all revenue To appreciate it is necessary to have a vehicle of its own.
Today’s launch included 143 satellites, 133 of which were from other companies that had booked the ride. SpaceX launched 10 of its own Starlink satellites, already adding more than 1,000, to SpaceX’s own broadband communications network sent into power orbit. during Started airing last week, SpaceX revealed that it has started serving beta customers in Canada and is expanding into the UK with its own private pre-launch trial of that service.
Customers at today’s launch included Planet Labs, which sent 48 Superdove Earth imaging satellites; Herd, which sent 36 Of its smaller IoT communications satellites, and Kepler, added to its constellation With eight more of its own communications spacecraft. The rideshare model that SpaceX now owns should help smaller new space companies and startups build their Orbit Orbit constellations faster, with other smaller payload launchers such as Rocket Lab, and New Entrant Virgin Orbit, to name a few.
This SpaceX launch was also the first to bring Starlink satellites into a polar orbit, a major part of the company’s continued expansion of its broadband service. The mission also includes a successful landing and recovery of the first-stage boosters of the Falcon 9 rocket, the fifth for this particular booster, and the dual recovery of the fairing parts used to protect cargo during launching, from the Atlantic Ocean. Were ejected it will be renewed and reused using its recovery vessels.