With a single flight, 143 satellites are to be put into orbit.
If the weather cooperates, SpaceX will have a record rocket launch on Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch a total of 143 satellites into orbit as part of the Transporter 1 mission.
Never before have so many satellites been sent into space with a single rocket. The previous record was 104. You flew into space as part of an Indian mission in February 2017.
The SpaceX rocket should actually have taken off on Friday, but the weather thwarted the company’s plans. The launch of Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida is now planned for 10:00 local time, i.e. 16:00 CET. The possible start window is 22 minutes, a live stream is available here:
10 of the satellites are for the in-house satellite Internet Starlink, 133 come from other companies. 48 are so-called SuperDove earth observation satellites from the Planet company.
The Falcon 9 rocket is the B1058 model, which also brought astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS as part of the Crew Dragon mission.
If everything goes according to plan, the rocket will land on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic today.