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Transporter-2 (Falcon 9)
30 June 2021
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched Transporter-2, SpaceX’s second dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, at 3:31 p.m. on 30 June 2021 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and five Starlink missions. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported Transporter-1 and a Starlink mission, and the other previously flew on SAOCOM 1B and a Starlink mission.

On board this launch are 85 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 3 Starlink satellites. While there are fewer spacecraft on board compared to Transporter-1, this mission is actually launching more mass to orbit for SpaceX’s customers.

SCRUB!
The first launch attempt at 2:56 p.m. on 29 June 2021 was scrubbed when a private helicopter, not this Space Force helicopter flying around the area from nearby Patrick Space Force Base, flew into the restricted zone scrubbing the launch at T-11 seconds.
LAIUNCH INTO CLOUDY SKIES WITH RAIN IN THE AREA
FIRST STAGE BOOSTER LANDING (SKIES STILL VERY CLOUDY)
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