SpaceX sets record for launching 64 small satellites

Theresa Obrien
December 9, 2018

The us space Agency NASA on the day (from 4 to 5 December) was postponed sending the Dragon with food supplies for the global space station.

The CRS-16 mission is SpaceX's fourth resupply flight to the space station this year, but the first daytime launch in several months.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology.

"We have had a great liftoff", said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of gear. The company expects to start launching station crews next year.

The rocket set another record: will sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of about 575 km above the Earth 64 satellites at once from 34 different organizations from 17 countries.

The capsule should reach the 250-mile-high outpost Saturday; it also visited in 2017.

Although, the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean, it was still close enough to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for local residents to hear the double-sonic boom in nearby Cocoa Beach, Florida. In other words, Falcon 9 performed fine during ascent and only exhibited off-nominal behavior during the booster's attempted landing after separating from the upper stage and Dragon payload.

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Thus, the project and the vision of Elon musk, founder of SpaceX, is gradually becoming more real and versatile, not to mention the fact that he accumulates a lot of additional features.

SpaceX has been making station deliveries for NASA since 2012.

It was the first missed landing at Cape Canaveral.

After separating from the second stage, and firing its engines to return to Earth, a video camera on board showed the first stage spinning. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

Recently on the ISS came a new crew on the ship "Union".

In late August, sensors detected a small pressure drop in the station's air supply that was traced to a leak in the upper habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle. Kononenko arrived at the station Monday along with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

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