A veteran rocket from SpaceX for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk launched 143 spacecraft into space, a new record for most spaceships deployed in a single mission, according to the company.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 10 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex No. 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, and the company said the plane flew south along the eastern coast of Florida on its way into space.
The reusable missile transported 133 commercial and government spacecraft and 10 Starlink satellites into space – part of the company’s SmallSat Rideshare program, which provides space access to small satellite operators seeking a reliable and affordable flight to orbit, according to the company.
SpaceX postponed the launch a day due to unfavorable weather.
On January 22, Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Inc, wrote on Twitter: “Several small satellites launch for a wide range of customers tomorrow, excited to offer low-cost access to orbit for small businesses!”
SpaceX previously launched to orbit more than 800 of the many thousands of satellites required to provide broadband internet service globally, an estimated $ 10 billion investment that could generate $ 30 billion annually to help fund the Mask interplanetary missile program, called Starship.