A SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from California brought 64 small satellites into near-Earth orbit on Monday, hitting three major milestones.
Elon Musk, Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX founder has urged the space industry to deploy reusable rockets to lower launch costs.
The SpaceX launch for Spaceflight Industries from Vandenberg Air Force Station in California. On Monday afternoon, Musk launched a booster for the first time, as it had previously flown in two previous missions. The booster had already been used in missions in May and August this year.
The Booster successfully landed on SpaceX's Just Read The Instructions drone ship in the Pacific.
The first stage of Falcon 9 has landed on Just Read the Instructions Droneship ̵1; Completion of the third launch and landing of this rocket enhancer this year. pic.twitter.com/DXqT7KH9sM
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 3, 2018
Largest US Ride-Sharing Mission
Spaceflight Industries bought on Monday the Launch of SpaceX with 64 satellites from 34 customers in 17 different countries.
The payloads range from the US Air Force space test program via the Orbital Reflector to the Australian satellite Internet service Fleet Space Technologies to an inflatable sculpture of the Nevada Museum of Art.