SpaceX Transporter-1 is scheduled to launch today. This is the first launch on the SmallSat Rideshare program, announced by SpaceX back in 2019. The essence of the program is set out in the relevant news, and as for today’s launch, the rocket will have to launch a record large number of satellites into orbit: the company of 10 Starlink satellites consists of 133 devices from other customers, both state and commercial. Note that now the record – 104 satellites – belongs to the Indian rocket.
Let’s clarify that SpaceX has previously supplemented its satellites with others, but today’s launch is the first, planned specifically for third-party customers. Withdrawal prices start at $ 2.5 million for payloads of up to 150 kg. As for the Starlink satellites, which this time can be considered an addition to the main load, they will be the first Starlink satellites to enter polar orbit.
For launch, the US Space Force launch complex at Cape Canaveral is used. The broadcast of the event is scheduled, which will start approximately 15 minutes before the start.