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Bandwagon-1: SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission

Published on April 09, 2024
Current Context: SpaceX launched its first-ever Bandwagon-1 class rideshare mission on April 7, 2024.
Bandwagon-1: SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission
  • Here are some key details about the mission:
    • The mission was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
    • A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:16 p.m. EDT (2316 GMT), kicking off the 11-satellite Bandwagon-1 mission.
    • The spacecraft successfully reached orbit.
    • The mission included 11 commercial and military satellites.
    • These included a “425 Project” satellite for South Korea’s military, KOREA’s 425Sat, HawkEye 360’s Clusters 8 & 9, Tyvak International’s CENTAURI-6, iQPS’s QPS-SAR-7 TSUKUYOMI-II, Capella Space’s Capella-14, and Tata Advanced Systems Limited’s TSAT-1A.
    • The Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth for a vertical landing about 7.5 minutes after liftoff.
    • This was the 14th launch and landing for this particular booster.


Q.1 How many satellites were included in the Bandwagon-1 mission?
a. 7
b. 9
c. 13
d. 11
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