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SpaceX launches fourth dedicated rideshare mission

SpaceX launches fourth dedicated rideshare mission

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SpaceX launched the fourth in its series of dedicated rideshare missions April 1, placing one relatively large satellite and dozens of smallsats into low Earth orbit

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The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 12:24 p.m. Eastern

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SpaceX beat predictions of poor weather, with just a 30% chance of acceptable weather projected the day before liftoff.

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However, conditions improved in the hours leading up to liftoff to allow the launch to proceed.

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The mission, called Transporter-4 by SpaceX, was the fourth in a series of dedicated rideshare missions designed to carry large number of smallsats at relatively low prices.

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Unlike the previous three, which in some cases carried more than 100 satellites, SpaceX said there were only 40 satellites on this mission.

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