Need a ride? SpaceX is launching a standard spacecraft in its spaceflight sharing program

File photo: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands after his arrival on the Axel Springer award red carpet, in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2020. REUTERS / Hannibal Henschke / Ball

(Reuters) – SpaceX, the space company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, 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 the 40th Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The company said the plane flew south along the east coast of Florida on its way into space.

The reusable missile brought 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 one day due to unfavorable weather. On January 22, Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Inc. , On Twitter: „Several small satellites launched 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 investment estimated at $ 10 billion that could generate $ 30 billion annually to help fund the Mask interplanetary missile program. Named Starship.

Report from Helen Koster; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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