SpaceX Launches Fourth Dedicated Rideshare Mission
SpaceX Fourth Rideshare
SpaceX launched the fourth in its series of dedicated rideshare missions April 1, placing one relatively large satellite and dozens of smallsats into low Earth orbit.
The Falcon 9
The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 12:24 p.m. Eastern
Poor Weather? No Problem!
SpaceX beat predictions of poor weather
, with just a 30% chance of acceptable weather projected the day before liftoff.
However, conditions improved in the hours leading up to liftoff to allow the launch to proceed.
Interesting Mission Name
The mission, called Transporter-4 by SpaceX, was the fourth in a series of dedicated rideshare missions designed to carry large number of smallsats at relatively low prices.
Unlike The Previous Three
Which in some cases carried more than 100 satellites, SpaceX said there were only 40 satellites on this mission.
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