SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket yesterday as part of the Transporter-1 mission and the SmallSat Rideshare program. The rocket carried 143 different satellites, the largest number of satellites in orbit at a time.
Description of the sent satellites and their number:
- 48 SuperDove Earth Observing Satellites for Planet
- Several miniature CubeSat satellites
- 17 communication satellites for Kepler
- One small nanosatellite called Charlie for Aurora Insight
- 30 small satellites for the USA and Europe
- Celestis series of human ashes capsules
- 10 own Starlink satellites to provide Internet services in Alaska
In total, about 1000 Starlink satellites have already been launched into orbit. At the same time, in the past 16 days, SpaceX has placed more satellites into orbit than all of humanity in any year prior to 2013.
The company will continue to advance the SmallSat Rideshare program, launching a large number of small satellites into space at a time.