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SpaceX recently launched the Transporter-4- which would the fourth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission which falls under their program. This smallsat rideshare was launched on a Falcon 9- which has already been proven by its flight from the Space Launch Complex-40 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on the 1st of April. This was the 12th overall flight of Elon Musk’s company, and the second Transporter mission. Incidentally, this was also the fifth launch from SLC-40 for this year. 

SpaceX has been keeping itself busy for the month


With the Transporter-4, SpaceX managed to utilize a proven Falcon 9 first stage booster. The booster that was used on this mission was B1061-7, which is also the fifth time a booster went on to support seven flights. B1061 had previously supported the Crew-1, Crew-2, SpaceX CRS-23, SiriusXM-8, Starlink Group 4-7, and NASA’s IXPE missions. It has been reported that the B1061 has a turnaround period of 57 days for Transporter-4. Following the sixth flight of this booster on the Starlink Group 4-7 mission, it was taken off of the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship. It was later transported to the Hangar X facility situated at Roberts Road. 

Ever since the smallsat rideshare program was introduced in 2019, SpaceX managed to launch around 376 satellites on their Transporter missions- which also includes the Transporter 4. The first mission which was dedicated was the Transporter-1 in January 2021 where Falcon 9 managed to launch a record 143 satellites to orbit. 

It is being understood that SpaceX will have quite a busy April. After this mission comes the Axiom-1- which is currently targeting liftoff on the 6th of April EDT. Axiom-1 will be utilizing the B1062-5 with Endeavour on a 10-day mission to the ISS