SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

SpaceX Launches 64 Satellites into Orbit at Once

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SpaceX fans looking forward to Sunday evening's rocket launch will be disappointed to learn it has been postponed until at least Monday - but there is still hope of spotting a show in the sky above San Diego soon.

The launch was delayed multiple times due to inclement weather and to conduct more inspections before takeoff.

SpaceX canceled Sunday's planned launch to send 64 satellites into space using the aerospace company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket.

Monday's mission will be SpaceX's 19th launch of the year. The company tweeted that it's "working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3", after it conducted additional tests.

The other big first of this launch is that the Falcon 9 rocket is flying on its third mission.

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The Falcon 9's first stage landed successfully on an off-shore drone ship - the "Just Read The Instructions" - in SpaceX's 32nd recovery of a spent booster.

Talk about ride-sharing. The 64 satellites were launched from 34 organizations and was one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched, and the most crowded single mission in United States history, according to Spaceflight, SpaceX's customer for the launch.

This will be the second largest rideshare mission ever and the largest for a single mission on U.S. soil.

The Block 5 booster had its previous liftoffs in May and August, and SpaceX recovered the booster for a third time today. These new satellite networks could help companies track agricultural shipments or support pipeline monitoring efforts. No SpaceX rocket has yet flown more than two missions.

"Most of the start-ups are planning to eventually have constellations of between 60 and 100 satellites", Wired reported. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn't ready to retire yet.

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