SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

Launch of Falcon 9 rocket in California postponed for extra checks of 2nd stage

If the team successfully completes the inspections and clears Falcon for flight, liftoff of the space booster could occur from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base between 10:32 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday.

SSO-A marks the largest single "ride share" mission from a US -based launch vehicle to date.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has kicked off Seattle-based Spaceflight's first-ever dedicated rideshare mission, a satellite extravaganza that's created to place 64 spacecraft in low Earth orbit. This black material offers a contrast between the two stages and recalls the look of the company's first rocket, the Falcon 1.

Provided the launch is successful, the Falcon 9 will try to land on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

The Falcon 9 purchased by Spaceflight was the first fully dedicated to a smallsat "rideshare" mission using a single rocket to carry dozens of spacecraft to orbit that otherwise might have difficulty finding a ride to space.

According to SpaceX, this kind of reusability is the future of spaceflight.

At the stroke of midnight on Monday, Elon Musk-led U.S. space agency SpaceX successfully launched India's first privately built satellite ExseedSAT 1 along with 63 other satellites from 18 countries.

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It has been confirmed by Seoul's Ministry of Science and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology that the country's satellite successfully entered its orbital altitude and was in full operation about six and a half hours after the launch.

"Plan is to dry them out & launch again", he said.

Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies. The customer was Spaceflight Industries, a Seattle-based company that organized the launch on behalf of several clients. "Nothing wrong with a little swim", Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, said on Twitter. Six months later a Russian Soyuz rocket launched 73 satellites, though a few of them were unresponsive after launch.

The latest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, called Block 5, is created to fly as many as 100 times before retirement, and up to 10 times without significant refurbishment between flights. The overall record is 104, set in February 2017 by an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

For SpaceX, the mission, called SSO-A, marked its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches past year.

British manufacturer SSTL also built KazSTSAT, an Earth observation satellite, with JV Ghalam LLP that has multiple experimental features.

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