SpaceX successfully launched the Transporter-4 via a Falcon 9 rocket to a Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The launch window opened at 12:24 p.m. ET, or 16:24 UTC. Falcon 9 flew on a southern trajectory along Florida’s eastern coast and was occasionally visible from the ground.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions that is droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Transporter-4 is SpaceX’s fourth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission. On this flight are 40 spacecraft, including a variety of smallsats, non-deploying hosted payloads plus an orbital transfer vehicle carrying spacecraft that will be deployed at a later time.