The billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Sunday set a new record for most number of spacecrafts launched in a single launch in its latest Falcon-9 mission. The launch included 143 satellites. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10am EST (8:30pm IST) from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It flew south along the eastern coast of Florida on its way to space, the company said. These will add up to more than 1000 already sent to orbit as a part of SpaceX’s own broadband network.
Details about Falcon 9
SpaceX says the Falcon 9 is a two-stage reusable rocket designed and manufactured by the company for the reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. Interesting part is that, It is also the world’s first orbital-class reusable rocket allowing it to refly the most expensive parts of the rocket, thereby massively bringing down the cost of space access.
On a total SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into space making it more than a 1000 satellites into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO). These new satellites are also said to be equipped with a new deployable ‘sun visor system’ which is created to block reflections of sunlight off of their antenna surfaces. This is also the reason why they are denoted as “Astronomy-friendly satellites”.