The first Bandwagon mission was launched by SpaceX

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SpaceX launched its first Bandwagon rideshare mission on Sunday, sending eleven payloads to orbit.
The mission took off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center to send the satellites to a mid-inclination orbit.
This is the second type of rideshare offered by SpaceX, which has been launching the Transporter rideshare missions that launch into a Sun-synchronous orbit.
However, with SpaceX now offering rideshare to their desired orbits, these companies can now deploy their constellations at a faster rate.
The Falcon 9 that launched this mission was Booster 1073, which completed its 14th mission.
This mission marked SpaceX’s 35th mission of the year, continuing with its high flight cadence and goal of 140 launches.
SpaceX’s next mission will be a Starlink mission from Florida no earlier than midnight local time on Wednesday.
SpaceX launches first Bandwagon rideshare mission


Eleven payloads were launched into orbit on Sunday by SpaceX in its inaugural Bandwagon rideshare mission.

In order to place the satellites in a mid-inclination orbit, the mission departed from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

SpaceX has been launching the Transporter rideshare missions into a Sun-synchronous orbit; this is the second kind of rideshare that the company offers. Customers will be able to launch into a more advantageous orbit with the Bandwagon missions, allowing their satellites to spend more time over the desired coverage areas.

HawkEye 360’s Clusters 8 and 9 (six satellites), iQPS’s QPS-SAR No., and Capella Space’s Acadia-4 are among the satellites that were launched. 7, sometimes referred to as TSUKYOMI-II, 425SAT from Korea, Centauri-6 from Tyvak International, and TSAT-1A from Tata Advanced Systems Limited.

Previously, Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket—which is primarily used for carrying their payloads—was used to launch the satellites of Capella Space, HawkEye 360, and iQPS. Nevertheless, these businesses can now deploy their constellations more quickly because SpaceX is now providing ridesharing to the desired orbits.

Booster 1073 was the Falcon 9 that carried out its fourteenth mission when it launched this one. The Falcon 9 made a soft landing after stage separation, announcing its return with sonic booms across the Space Coast. B1073 then executed a flip maneuver and restarted its engines to start the boost back burn towards Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The re-entry went smoothly.

SpaceX also hopes to use recovery vessel Doug, which was already at sea for the Starlink 6-47 mission a few days prior, to retrieve the fairings from this mission once more.

With this mission, SpaceX has now completed 35 missions this year, keeping up its high flight frequency and target of 140 launches.

SpaceX’s upcoming mission is scheduled to launch from Florida on Wednesday at midnight local time as a Starlink mission.

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SpaceX begins its first ridesharing mission called Bandwagon.

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