The payload for this space equivalent of Uberincludes a horn of plenty of small satellites from government and commercial sites, along with 10 of SpaceX’s own broadband satellites. In total, the company says there are 143 small spacecraft on board, which it claims are record-breaking.
About nine minutes after the payload increased and the second stage on its way into space, the first stage booster returned for an exact landing on the SpaceX spacecraft, of course, I still love you in the Atlantic.
In the weeks leading up to the launch, there were some last-minute changes after two DARPA satellites were accidentally damaged earlier this month in a processing facility. Starlink satellites were also a last-minute addition. The payload includes several small spacecraft from Nanoracks and more from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the US Department of Defense and many others.
The launch was originally scheduled for December, but has been postponed several times, including Saturday, when the weather shifted to Sunday.
The Falcon 9 booster made its fifth flight and landing in its career. The most we’ve seen from Falcon 9 so far is eight flights.
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