Elon Musk-led SpaceX has successfully launched 64 small satellites into low Earth orbit onboard of its reusable and preflown Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This has set the new record in the United States of launching satellites in a single go. It was the third voyage of Falcon 9 rocket, marking another milestone in SpaceX’s cost-cutting reusable rocket technology.
The 64 small satellites included 49 CubeSats and 15 micro-satellites belonging to 34 different clients including public, private and university sources from 17 different countries across the world including South Korea, France, and Kazakhstan. The microsatellites weighed a few dozen kilograms and CubeSats weighed even smaller. Among launched satellites, one was sculpture called “Orbital Reflector” by artist Trevor Paglen, sent by Nevada Museum of Art and it was not scientific missions.
It is a private US space agency. It was founded by Elon Musk on May 6, 2002, who is its current CEO of Space X. Its main purpose for its establishment was to reduce the cost of space transport and establish human habitation on Mars house. Space X has developed a series of Falcon Rockets. To reduce the cost of internal transport, the space company has created re-usable rockets. Majority of these rockets are also used in other launchers.