The mission facilitated the delivery of 44 of Planet Labs Inc’s (NYSE: PL) small satellites into orbit. Co-founder and CEO Will Marshall tweeted last week that this latest Transporter-3 mission would fly the company’s 44 small satellites.
According to Teslarati, Planet Labs is a space imaging company that scans the planet Earth daily. And the company confirms that its latest SuperDove satellites will join 244 operational satellites already in orbit.
Also launched was the first-ever nanosatellite constellation built entirely in South Africa, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s birthplace country.
SpaceX’s unprecedented success is based on its development of reusable rockets. And the Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital-class rocket able to fly multiple missions.
It has dramatically cut costs in the “space race.” And it allows SpaceX to use the most expensive parts of a rocket again-and-again. No other space company or country has, so far, developed this type of reusable rocket.