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SpaceX launched Transporter 5 mission with 59 payloads from 13 countries

The dedicated ride-share mission successfully carried "fifty-nine" deployable, Tugs and passive payloads/test beds in orbit.


Falcon 9 B1061.8 liftoff at SLC-40 (Credit: SpaceX)

May 26, 2022; The Falcon 9 Block 5 v1.2 FT B1061.8 rocket lift-off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force station at 18:26:59.990 UTC (14:26:59.990 EDT), carrying 59 payloads from the Transporter mission. 5 on May 25, 2022. The satellites were placed in a sun-synchronous target orbit with a mean altitude of 525 km, inclined at 97 degrees.

The Transporter-5 manifests thirty-nine primary loads (59 Overall) from different nations including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, Argentina and Norway,


'Core' of first stage B1061.8 landed at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral (Credit: SpaceX)

The Falcon 9's first stage came back to Earth for a vertical touchdown at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1 about 8.5 minutes after launch "B1061 landed back at launch site in Return to Launch Site mode – return to launch site, RTLS; the landing was made in landing zone 1 – LZ-1, at the Cape Space Force Station, on the former LC-13"

A return to the launch site usually means that after the second stage separation, the booster flips over and does a boost backburn towards the landing pad near to the launch site.


The recovery of the fairing shells was carried out to the north of Cuba, about 600 km downstream of the Cape, by the support vessel Bob. The second stage made its controlled re-entry over the South Pacific





The deployment of the thirty-nine primary payloads took place between 19:26:00.510 to 19:42:22.810 UTC (15:26:00.510 to 15:42:22.810 EDT), after the second ignition of the second stage of the rocket.

The second stage will make its re-entry over the South Pacific, meanwhile, the secondary payloads attached to the stage will perform their task and downlink the data before de-orbit.





This mission is the debut of the new variation of the orbital transfer vehicle, Sherpa-AC. This is an enlarged version of the base Sherpa model with key features including a flight computer, knowledge and attitude control, and a new electrical power system. Major launch customers include D-orbit, Momentus, Xona Space, NearSpace Launch, the Missile Defense Agency, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory: