SpaceX launched its Transporter-9 mission on Saturday (Nov. 11), a ‘rideshare’ flight that lofted 90 payloads into orbit.
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Space Power Imperfect at 1:49 p.m. EST (1849 GMT; 10:49 a.m. native California time), kicking off the Transporter-9 mission.
The Falcon 9’s first stage came abet to Earth for a vertical touchdown at Vandenberg about 7.5 minutes after liftoff. It became as soon as the 12th begin and touchdown for this particular booster, in accordance to a SpaceX mission description.
The mission carried 90 payloads for a range of assorted customers, “together with cubesats, microsats, and orbital transfer autos carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time,” the mission description reads.
These payloads will be deployed into low Earth orbit between 54 and 85.5 minutes after liftoff, in accordance to the mission description.
Ninety is a hefty number to be constructive, but it indubitably just isn’t discontinuance to a file. SpaceX’s Transporter-1 mission holds the mark, sending 143 satellites to orbit in January 2021. And Transporter-6, which lifted off this past January, became as soon as additionally more prolific, carrying 114 satellites aloft.
Transporter-9 is the 82nd orbital mission for SpaceX in 2023, extending the company’s file for a single year. (The outdated mark, 61 launches, became as soon as jam in 2022.) Most of this year’s missions occupy been devoted to building out Starlink, SpaceX’s web megaconstellation, which at this time encompass more than 5,000 operational satellites.