Beijing, January 25 (Xinhua) at 10 am local time on the 24th, SpaceX successfully completed the “transporter 1” launch mission in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket carried 143 satellites into space, setting a new record for the number of satellites launched at a single time. It is reported that about eight minutes after the launch, the first stage thruster of the rocket returned to earth and landed on the unmanned landing ship in the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, the second stage rocket continued to rise to a predetermined orbit. According to the report, the launch of SpaceX brought 143 satellites into space, exceeding the previous single satellite launch record set by Indian launch vehicle in February 2017. At that time, the polar satellite launch vehicle sent 104 satellites into space. According to the report, the launch was originally scheduled for January 23, but due to weather reasons, SpaceX announced the cancellation of the launch a few minutes before the scheduled launch window, delaying it to the 24th. SpaceX previously planned to build a “star chain” network composed of about 12000 satellites in space from 2019 to 2024 to provide high-speed Internet access services to the earth from space.
(editor in charge: Shan Xiaobing)