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SpaceX launched 53 payloads in the Falcon 9 Transporter-10 smallsat rideshare mission, SpaceX’s first rideshare mission of 2024. The mission launched from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on March 4 at 2:05 p.m. PT. This was the tenth dedicated rideshare mission organized by SpaceX.

Aboard the Transporter-10 mission were new and returning customers.

Some new customers included Space Machines Co, an Australian startup that had its first-ever launch of Optimus, its orbital servicing vehicle. True Anomaly also launched its first two satellites on the mission with its first two Jackal spacecraft, about 275 kilograms each.

The first MethaneSAT methane emissions tracking satellite was successfully deployed. MethaneSAT is tasked with quantifying total methane emissions over wide areas and identifying large emitters from oil and gas operations. The satellite was developed by a subsidiary of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

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