The private space company SpaceX launched its star rocket, the Falcon 9, this Sunday (24.01.2021) with a record load of satellites, he said. The Falcon 9 took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, at 10:00 local time (16:00 CET), with a delay of one day due to bad weather in the area.
Andy Tran, SpaceX’s production supervisor, said in a launch video that the rocket carried 133 commercial and government “spacecraft” as well as 10 other satellites from the company itself. “It is the largest number of ships ever deployed in a single mission,” he added.
SpaceX flies the Falcon 9 under a program whereby other companies and governments pay the company founded by Elon Musk to deploy its technologies in space.
A few minutes after lift-off, the main booster separated, taking the rocket to the edge of the atmosphere and it was able to return to the ground in a controlled fall. He landed on a drone boat called “Of course I still love you” in the Atlantic Ocean.
Thus completed the fifth successful takeoff and return. SpaceX later reported on Twitter that all 143 satellites were successfully placed into orbit. The company hopes to send thousands of small satellites to form a global broadband system called “Starlink.”
Several scientists expressed concern about the number of objects orbiting the Earth. But SpaceX says theirs are designed to lose orbit and catch fire during re-entry into the atmosphere after a few years.
ee (afp / reuters)