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SpaceX launches 64 small satellites in single mission

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US-based private company launched 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites from Base in the state of on Monday.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, or "SmallSat Express," set a US launch record for most satellites put into space at a single time. It is also SpaceX's first flight to reuse the 9 first-stage booster a third time.

The rocket blasted off from 4 at the base at 10:34 a.m. PST (1834 GMT), reported.

At about two minutes and 21 seconds after liftoff, confirmed first stage main engine cutoff.

Following stage separation, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on the "Just Read the Instructions" droneship stationed in the It completed 9's third launch and landing this year.

Later on, confirmed second stage engine cutoff and successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for SSO-A.

The carried to orbit 64 spacecraft, in particular 15 Micro satellites and 49 cubesats, from 34 different organisations from 17 countries.

The "ride share" mission, SpaceX's 19th mission of 2018, was arranged by a company called Industries.

A series of six deployments will occur approximately 13-43 minutes after liftoff, after which will begin to command its own deployment sequences. Spaceflight's deployments are expected to occur over a period of six hours, according to SpaceX.

"We've developed a deployment sequence that's based off a high-fidelity analysis that we did specifically to make sure our customers don't collide into each other upon deployment, so we're taking our time," said Jeff Roberts,

"We make sure that we phase that to maximize the distance in separation between all of our customers," he said.

The mission was previously scheduled for three times, but was postponed to Monday for additional inspections prior to the launch.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 02:28 IST