Space X’s Falcon 9 launched 143 satellites into orbit during its most recent launch. This set a new record for most objects launched at one time into space.
On January 23, Space X’s rocket took off carrying 143 spacecrafts which were released upon entering orbit.
However, unlike the previous Space X mission, only 10 of these were part of the company’s Starlink project. The rest belonged to either government or commercial projects including the German Aerospace Center, the US Department of Defense and Kepler, Swarm and Planet Labs, according to TechCrunch.
SpaceX has taken the model from Uber and applied it to satellites, making it easier for smaller companies to hitch a ride on the Falcon 9 rather than launching themselves.
Falcon 9 launches 143 spacecraft to orbit — the most ever deployed on a single mission — completing SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission pic.twitter.com/CJSUvKWeb4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 25, 2021
The Falcon 9’s main booster made it back to Earth and landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” spaceport drone. This feat was once a marvel of scientific achievement but now is almost perfected by SpaceX.
This record also brings up concerns voiced by many about the number of satellites that will soon be circling the planet. Astronomers and scientists have already raised the alarm about the interference so many satellites in orbit may have, especially for scientific instruments here on Earth.