SpaceX sends 64 satellites at same time
SPACEX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, sending an unusual payload into space – 64 satellites at the same time, a US record.
The California-based company marked another milestone in its bid to make rockets more re-usable like airplanes, with the blast-off using a recycled booster for the third time.
SpaceX has landed more than 30 of these boosters back on Earth, and has begun re-using them on subsequent missions.
Several minutes after liftoff, the tall, white portion of the rocket – known formally as the first stage – separated from the second stage.
The booster then fired its engines and made a controlled, upright landing on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, video from SpaceX’s live webcast showed.
Meanwhile, the second stage pressed deeper into space, carrying 15 micro-satellites and 49 CubeSats belonging to 34 different clients including public, private and university sources from 17 different countries including South Korea, France and Kazakhstan.
The satellites will be placed into orbit over the next several hours.