SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare Mission will deploy 40 spacecraft on Friday –Watch It Live!

SpaceX Transporter-4 Rideshare Mission will deploy 40 spacecraft on Friday –Watch It Live!

SpaceX is ready to launch the fourth SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, Transporter-4. The program reduces the cost of spaceflight by enabling organizations to share Falcon 9 for a combined price tag. Booking an entire rocket can cost up to $67 million. Under the program, the company has a base price of $1.1 million to deploy a payload that weighs 200-kilograms. A veteran Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off on Friday, April 1st at 12:24 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Transporter-4 mission will deploy 40 spacecraft to sun-synchronous orbit, including "CubeSats, microsats, picosats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and an orbital transfer vehicle carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time," the company shared. The Transporter-4 payloads are managed by multiple organizations, including: ExoLaunch, Satellogic, Omnispace, and D-Orbit Spacelust. 

The 40 spacecraft are all packed atop the Falcon 9 rocket. The company shared a photograph of inside the rocket's fairing that shows how the payloads are organized in special configuration on the upper-stage payload adapter with ESPA (Expendable Secondary Port Adapter) ring technology. ESPA allows SpaceX to attach dozens of small spacecraft to the payload adapter in order to get the most out of a rocket launch in a single mission, as pictured below. Companies also have the option to use their custom ESPA adapters for satellites. 

The Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Transporter-4 mission is identified as booster B1061-7. It previously supported six missions, including: a Starlink mission, SpaceX's first (Crew-1) and second (Crew-2) operational NASA astronaut missions to the International Space Station (ISS). It also launched the SiriusXM radio SXM-8 satellite, SpaceX's CRS-23 resupply mission to the ISS, and NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) science mission. The upcoming Transporter-4 mission will be B1061-7 seventh flight. Soon after launching Falcon 9’s upper-stage to orbit, SpaceX plans to land Falcon 9’s first-stage booster on the 'Just Read the Instructions' autonomous droneship which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Watch a Live broadcast of the Transporter-4 mission in the video linked below, courtesy of SpaceX. 



Featured Image Source: SpaceX 



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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.

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