SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Gwen Vasquez
December 4, 2018

"Eight of the satellites on board a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be from companies hoping to build a truly global Internet of Things by revolutionizing satellite communications", Wired reported.

The SpaceX launch also carries experiments such as PW-Sat2, a student-built satellite from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland that will test a four-meter deorbit sail.

A Falcon 9 launches to orbit for an unprecedented third time. The booster, covered in black soot from its two prior flights, landed again on a remote controlled platform in the Pacific Ocean after launch, queuing up the rocket to fly for a fourth time.

For the first time, a single orbital-class rocket booster has been used for three missions, pushing a payload into space and then returning safely to Earth each time.

Team V is scheduled to support launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Dec. 2, with a launch window of 10:32 a.m. PST to 11:01 a.m. PST.

SpaceX's first triple-launched Falcon 9 rocket booster lights up to send 64 satellites into space.

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The company has tried on several occasions to guide the fairing, using parachutes, to a soft landing into a giant net hoisted up by a crew boat called Mr. Steven. "Nothing wrong with a little swim".

Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations from 17 countries. The rocket carried 64 satellites of various uses on what was billed as a "ridesharing" mission.

According to SpaceX, this kind of reusability is the future of spaceflight.

Among the satellites crammed into the payload stack was an Australian-built device that will connect remote devices to the internet, and a pair of SkySats-one from the US and one from Finland-that'll be used to track planes and ships.

One atypical payload onboard was Enoch, a cubesat from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and artist Tavares Strachan that is carrying the ashes of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African American astronaut selected for a national space program. The 15 microsats and 49 cubesats be released into a "sun-synchronous low Earth orbit".

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