SpaceX sends 64 satel­lites at same time

The Phnom Penh Post - - BUSINESS -

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.

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