This past weekend, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 test rocket with a unique passenger aboard.

SpaceX, a commercial space exploration company, launched an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket from southern California's Vandenberg Air Force Station on Sunday, giving the company a chance to test engine and avionics upgrades before its commercial missions begin. But — perhaps most importantly for the rest of us — the event also provided a chance to launch the Canadian Space Agency's satellite CASSIOPE, carrying an ultra-fast file-sharing prototype named Cascade.

Sailing into space atop the Falcon 9, Cascade promises to offer an alternative to internet-based file-transferring methods. As the satellite circles the globe once every 90 minutes, users would be able to upload very large files — in the tens of gigabytes — when it passes overhead, and Cascade would, when it's in the right spot, forward them on to the proper recipient.

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