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SpaceX: World record number of satellites launched

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    27th Jan, 2021

A new world record has been set by SpaceX for launching its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a record number of satellites on board.

Key-takeaways from the mission

  • Rocket from Elon Musk’s SpaceX has created a new record by launching 143 satellites into space on January 24, 2021.
  • Launch vehicle: The launch vehicle for the SpaceX record-breaking flight was the Falcon 9 rocket.
    • The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
  • The reusable rocket launched 143 satellites to space, where 133 were government and commercial spacecraft and 10 were Starlink satellites which are part of the SmallSat Rideshare program of SpaceX. 
  • Objective: With the launched satellites, Musk’s SpaceX aims at providing near-global broadband internet coverage all over the world by 2021.

Record breaking event

  • SpaceX, an aerospace company, has also beaten the record of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where it deployed 104 satellites in February 2017 in a single launch.

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