Space.com described it very well as follows…
“Perched atop the veteran launcher was a stack of 88 small satellites — 85 for commercial and government customers and three of SpaceX’s own Starlink internet satellites — which flew to space together as part of the company’s second dedicated rideshare mission, called Transporter-2.
The flight allowed SpaceX to flex its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket ferried a hefty load of tiny satellites. (In total, the satellites weighed as much as the 143 satellites that launched on SpaceX’s previous rideshare mission, Transporter-1, earlier this year.)
Acting as a cosmic carpool, SpaceX sent the bevy of small satellites into space, depositing them into a polar orbit. As such, the rocket appeared to launch straight overhead and into the clouds as it leaped off the pad this afternoon.
Following a successful liftoff, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on SpaceX’s dedicated landing pad, LZ-1, a few miles from where it launched. The touchdown marked the 89th recovery of a first-stage booster for SpaceX and the first land landing of the year. (SpaceX’s previous 19 launches this year landed their first-stage boosters on one of the company’s two drone ships, “Of Course I Still Love You” and “Just Read The Instructions.”)”
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