SpaceX will turn one of its Falcon 9 rockets into the space equivalent of a crowded Uber when it launches its Transporter 1 ridesharing mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday. The payload for this mission includes a cornucopia of small satellites from government and commercial companies and ten of SpaceX’s ownBroadband satellite.
We learned on Thursday that the cargo will include 48 SuperDove satellites for Planet Labs, bringing the total to 133 record-breaking satellites in a single launch.
SpaceX has confirmed the total number of satellites in the ridesharing payload. There were some last minute shifts after two DARPA satellites were accidentally Damaged at a processing facility earlier this month. The Starlink satellites were also a last minute addition. The payload includes several small spacecraft from Nanoracks and more from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the US Department of Defense, and many others.
The launch was originally scheduled for December but has been postponed a few times, including from Saturday when the weather pushed it back to Sunday.
The Booster Falcon 9 will complete its fifth flight and is expected to land on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic not long after the flight. SpaceX will likely try to restore the fairing or nose cone as well. This movement becomes a more routine part of any mission.
The launch is scheduled as early as 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET) with a 22-minute launch window. As usual, the entire mission will be broadcast live by SpaceX. You can follow below about 10 minutes before starting.
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