SpaceX has just dropped a new American record. Elon Musk's company orbited 64 mini-satellites in a single launch. In detail, there were 49 Cubesats, nano-satellites in the form of cubes that are no more than 10 kilos, and 15 microsatellites that weigh a few tens of kilos. Clients are diverse and numerous, private sector players, public and even academics.
It's a great performance, but it's also a success for Spaceflight, which has designed a distributor that can position each satellite in the right orbit. Special mention for a sculpture by artist Trevor Paglen that should be visible to the naked eye at night.
Finally, for the 19th launch of the year, SpaceX reused for the third time the first floor of the Falcon 9 rocket. He returned to land automatically on a reception platform off California. Three launches are planned before the end of the year for SpaceX. As for Ariane Espace, the last launch of 2018 is scheduled for December 4th.