December 3–Today, Space Exploration (SpaceX) Technologies Corp.’s launch, licensed by the FAA, broke new ground in the reusability of space vehicles and contained literally a number of firsts.
It represents the largest single rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date. In addition, for the first time SpaceX launched the same refurbished booster for a third time.
Dubbed Spaceflight Small Sat Express, the mission delivered 64 payloads known as cube communication satellites to low earth orbit.
The launch took place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This is new record-setting year for commercial space transportation with a total 29 FAA-licensed launches.