SpaceX launches first orbital mission from Florida's Space Coast

SpaceX launches first orbital mission from Florida's Space Coast

SpaceX successfully launched its first orbital mission from Florida's Space Coast, marking a significant milestone for the company and the region. The mission, dubbed Transporter-5, sent a record-breaking 150 satellites into orbit aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket.

Mission overview

Transporter-5 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 15:00 EDT on Friday, 5 May 2023. The mission was originally scheduled for Thursday, but SpaceX delayed the launch to conduct additional pre-flight checks on the Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon 9's reusable B1052 rocket booster propelled the satellites to orbit, reaching a low Earth orbit before deploying all of its payloads. While the booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, the company's attempts to recover the Falcon 9's fairing failed, as the protective nose cone did not land on the recovery ship.

The mission set a new record for most satellites launched on a single mission, surpassing the previous record of 133 satellites held by the SpaceX Transporter-1 mission in January 2021. The payloads included commercial satellites from a variety of countries and organizations, academic and government-funded satellites, and even several spacecraft designed for planetary exploration.


The successful launch of Transporter-5 is a landmark moment for SpaceX and its continued effort to make space more accessible. With this mission, SpaceX has demonstrated the viability of its launch services to a wide range of customers at a competitive cost.

This mission is also a significant milestone for the Space Coast, which has long been known for its rich history in space exploration. The launch is a positive step toward the region's goal of becoming a hub for commercial space activity. With this new venture, SpaceX continues to enhance its position as one of the leading private aerospace companies, marking an exciting turning point for the space industry as a whole.

As the company continues to innovate and expand its capabilities, it remains poised to shape the future of space exploration and inspire generations to come.


"Today's launch is a milestone for SpaceX, marking our seventh launch in less than two months and our second mission this year from Cape Canaveral. We are thrilled to deliver these cutting-edge satellites to orbit and look forward to continuing to serve our diverse customer base with reliable launch services."

"This is a pivotal moment for the Space Coast with the successful launch of SpaceX's Transporter-5 mission, marking the return of orbital missions from Florida's East Coast. We celebrate this significant achievement as a vital step in restoring the region's reputation as a premier launch destination."


SpaceX's Transporter-5 mission underscores the company's commitment to revolutionizing access to space and establishing the Space Coast as a hub for commercial space activity. The successful launch of this record-breaking mission will hopefully lead to even more ambitious projects in the future.

As we look forward, the world can expect further advancements in SpaceX's capabilities, solidifying its position as a leading force in the aerospace industry.

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SpaceX, "SpaceX launches first orbital mission from Florida's Space Coast," Press Release, 5 May 2023

CNET, "SpaceX launches 150 satellites into orbit with one rocket," Article, 5 May 2023, "SpaceX's Transporter-5 Mission: Everything You Need to Know," Article, 5 May 2023

Further Reading

SpaceX, Official Website

NASA, "Transporter-5 Mission," Website

SpaceX, "Watch the Launch of SpaceX's First Orbital Mission from Florida's Space Coast," YouTube Video, 5 May 2023

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, "About Us," Website

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