SpaceX launched 88 satellites on Wednesday as part of its Transporter-2 rideshare mission. The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
On board this launch were 85 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 3 Starlink broadband satellites. While there were fewer spacecraft on board compared to the Transporter-1 mission that had a record 143 satellites, this mission launched more mass to orbit for SpaceX’s customers.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster landed back at the space force station, completing its eighth launch. The booster previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and five Starlink missions. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported Transporter-1 and a Starlink mission, and the other previously flew on SAOCOM 1B and a Starlink mission.