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TechnologySpaceX to launch 64 satellites in record-breaking mission

18:41  03 december  2018
18:41  03 december  2018 Source:   cnn.com

SpaceX lines up another launch of its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket from the Space Coast

SpaceX lines up another launch of its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket from the Space Coast SpaceX has lined up another launch of its mighty Falcon Heavy rocket from Florida's Space Coast. 

SpaceX deployed more than 60 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission .

SpaceX delivered 64 satellites into orbit in one fell swoop for a record -setting mission . The mission illustrates the growing demand to launch small satellites , some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses, from internet service to supply chain monitoring.

SpaceX to launch 64 satellites in record-breaking mission© SpaceX.com

SpaceX is ready to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record-setting mission.

Elon Musk's company is scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday between 1:32 pm and 2 pm ET after a series of delays triggered by bad weather and last-minute inspections for the rocket. It will be one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched, and the most crowded single mission in US history, according to Spaceflight, SpaceX's customer for the launch.

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SpaceX delivered 64 satellites into orbit in one fell swoop for a record -setting mission . The mission illustrated the growing demand to launch small satellites , modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain

(CNN) -- SpaceX is ready to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission . Elon Musk's company is scheduled to launch a rocket from For SpaceX , Monday’s mission , called SSO-A, will mark its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches last year.

The mission illustrates the growing demand to launch small satellites, modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain monitoring.

For SpaceX, Monday's mission, called SSO-A, will mark its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches last year.

It will also be the first time Musk's company will attempt to send one of its rocket boosters to space for a third time.

SpaceX's goal is to drastically reduce the cost of a launch by reusing the hardware, a feat its competitors long thought was impossible or uneconomical.

The first-stage booster lined up for the SSO-A mission has flown twice in the past six months — first on May 11 for the Bangabandhu mission and again August 7 for Merah Putih.

Rocket carrying 64 satellites takes off from California

Rocket carrying 64 satellites takes off from California A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites has lifted off from California with a first stage that has been used twice before. The Falcon 9 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:34 a.m. Monday, arcing over the Pacific west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space. If all goes well, the rocket's first stage will perform a so-called boost back maneuver and land on an unmanned ship in the Pacific. The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made reusability a major goal.

SpaceX is ready to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission . The mission illustrates the growing demand to launch small satellites , modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain monitoring.

SpaceX delivered 64 satellites into orbit in one fell swoop for a record -setting mission . The mission illustrated the growing demand to launch small satellites , modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain

Satellite ride sharing

SpaceX's customer for this mission, Spaceflight, aims to be a sort of Uber service for space. The company has for years worked as a liaison between small satellitecompanies and launch providers, looking to put small payloads onto rockets with extra room on board.

"We started off just selling the excess capacity on whatever launches were out there," Spaceflight president Curt Blake told CNN Business in a recent interview. "Then, we said, 'Wow demand is so big, we should just buy a whole rocket ourselves.' That's how this mission came to be."

SSO-A will be the first time Spaceflight has filled a rocket entirely with its small satellite customers. They come from 34 companies and organizations across 17 countries.

They include Australia-based Fleet Space Technologies, which aims to connect remote devices to the internet via satellite. Two companies — US-based Capella Space Corporation and Finland's ICEYE — will launch satellites that seek to use advanced radars to track airplanes or ships, even in cloudy weather. A group of middle school students from Florida is sending an experimental astrobiology satellite. Andan art project, funded by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, that pays homage to the first African American astronaut, Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., will also take flight.

Moldy mouse food postpones SpaceX launch

Moldy mouse food postpones SpaceX launch SpaceX has postponed its cargo launch to the International Space Station until Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a mouse experiment bound for the orbiting outpost, NASA said. The launch was initially set for Tuesday. The new time is 1:16 pm (1816 GMT) Wednesday. "The launch was moved to Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a rodent investigation prior to handover to SpaceX," NASA said in a statement late Monday. "Teams will use the extra day to replace the food bars." Some 40 mice are part of the experiment aimed at studying the effects of microgravity in the immune system.

SpaceX is to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission . Elon Musk's company is scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday between 1:32 pm and 2 pm ET after a series of delays triggered by bad weather and

SpaceX is ready to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission . The mission illustrates the growing demand to launch small satellites , modern devices that some companies hope will empower an array of new businesses — from internet service to supply chain monitoring.

Deploying all 64 satellites safely is tricky business. The devices, which span a variety of shapes and sizes, will ride to space affixed to sides of a large metal structure, called a payload stack, that will be shielded by the Falcon 9's nose cone during launch. Once in orbit, the nose cone will fall away, and the satellites will pop off from the payload stack in a carefully orchestrated sequence.

Crowded ridesharing missions like this one have been executed before. India's space agency last year shattered a world record by launching 104 small satellites with a single rocket. Another mission from Russia in 2014 deployed 37 satellites.

Smallsats and space debris

There is a massive backlog of small satellites waiting to get to orbit. And companies including SpaceX and OneWeb are racing to send constellations of thousands of high-speed internet satellites into low-Earth orbit.

While hitching a ride with larger payloads is considered the cheapest option for getting to space, many nascent rocket companies are promising lightweight rockets that can be mass produced and make cheap, frequent trips to orbit.

SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission

SpaceX to launch U.S. spy satellite in first national security mission Elon Musk's SpaceX was poised on Tuesday to launch a new spy satellite for the U.S. military, marking what the space transportation company said was its first designated national security mission for the United States. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp , was scheduled for lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) local time, the U.S. Air Force said.

SpaceX has officially delivered 64 satellites into orbit making it a record - breaking mission . According to Spaceflight, it marked one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched , and is the most crowded single mission in United States history!

SpaceX is to deploy 64 satellites in one fell swoop — a record -setting mission . Elon Musk's company is scheduled to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday between 1:32 pm and 2 pm ET after a series of delays triggered by bad weather and

One such company, US-based Rocket Lab, became the first to reach orbit, and has notched two missions so far. Its backlog of customers is so long that CEO Peter Beck told CNN Business the company is "not constrained by customers right now — we're only constrained by how quickly we can build rockets."

The massive influx of new satellites into low-Earth orbit poses difficult questions for the space sector, particularly when it comes to orbital debris.

The issue took center stage last month for the US Federal Communications Commission, which authorizes telecom satellites for launch. The agency is considering updating a set of 2004 rules, "seeking to keep pace with technological and market changes, and to incorporate improvements in debris mitigation practices," the FCC said.

SpaceX launches first U.S. national security space mission.
A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company's first national security space mission for the United States. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. local time (1351 GMT). Four previous scheduled launches in the last week, including one on Saturday, were canceled due to weather and technical issues.

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