SpaceX Sends First Starlink Satellites into Polar Orbit as Part of Rideshare Mission [VIDEO]

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On Sunday morning, SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket sent the latter’s first rideshare mission into orbit, with the deployment of 143 spacecraft, including 10 Starlink satellites, which received recent approval from the FCC.

Today’s Transporter-1 mission is part of SpaceX’s rideshare offering, which “provides increased access to space for small satellite operators seeking a reliable, affordable ride to orbit.”

Think of it as UberPool for satellites seeking a space launch. SpaceX sets a launch date and companies ready to send satellites into space can join in.

It’s still incredible to witness a Falcon 9 launch and successful landing, which again happened this morning.

The Falcon 9 launch took place at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, while the rocket successfully landed onto the autonomous drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You”, in the Atlantic Ocean.

An hour ago, the deployment sequence began for the satellites, first starting with rideshare customers, then 10 Starlink satellites as well, with the latter set for polar orbit for the first time. Kudos yet again, SpaceX.