SpaceX ends the year strong, flying its Falcon 9 rocket three Deliver different times in less than 34 hours Payloads to low earth Orbit.
So far this year, the company has successfully completed 59 orbital launches. SpaceX has two more launches planned before the end of the year, which would meet CEO Elon Musk’s goal of 60 launches by 2022. In June, SpaceX performed three Falcon 9 launches in 36 hours and 18 minutes, but these most recent launches occurred in a span of 33 hours and 46 minutes, setting a new record for the company as Teslarati mention, that.
For the first of his youngest three startsa Falcon 9 carried the SWOT mission (Surface Water and Ocean Topography). to circle. The rocket launched at 6:46 a.m. ET on December 16 from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. SWOT used as planned, Begins its three-year mission as the first satellite to conduct a global survey of Earth’s surface water to measure how it changes over time.
A little over 11 hours laterlaunched another Falcon 9 rocket and departed Florida 5:48 p.m. ET. The second launch on Friday carried two communications satellites that Boeing-built O3b mPower 1 and 2 going into orbit for Luxembourg satellite operator SES.
The third launch was a little closer for SpaceX with the reusable rocket Deliver more from the private company Starlink satellites into orbit. On December 17, a Falcon 9 lifted off at 4:32 p.m. ET with 54 satellites in its payload fairing. So far, SpaceX has started over 3,600 of its Internet satellites in orbit, of which 3,284 are currently operational, corresponding statistics collected by astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell. Deploying its Falcon 9 workhorse has put the company well ahead of its competition, such as: OneWeb, when it comes to building a mega-constellation of internet satellites in low-Earth orbit.
SpaceX has two more launches are planned for this year. Several reports indicate that the company is planning Falcon 9 launch on December 28th put more Starlink satellites into orbit, according to Teslarati. Maybe there is even one Bonus start on December 29thwith the reliable launch vehicle with the Israeli earth imaging satellite EROS-C3.
SpaceX CEO Musk had previously specified that he’s aiming for a record-breaking 60 Falcon 9 rocket launches this year, so we’ll have to wait and see if the company can pull that off. SpaceX may very well meet its 2022 goal, but a major challenge awaits next year, with the CEO aims for 100 launches in 2023.
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