LaunchRockets

SpaceX Notches New Turnaround Record

Launching from Cape Canaveral, the Starlink 4-16 mission delivered 53 new broadband satellites to space. The mission’s booster (tail name B1062) was previously flown just three weeks prior on the Ax-1 mission. B1062 has also previously launched two GPS spacecraft, Inspiration4, and another Starlink mission.

On Friday, SpaceX flew its 17th mission of the year. 

Launching from Cape Canaveral, the Starlink 4-16 mission delivered 53 new broadband satellites to space. The mission’s booster (tail name B1062) was previously flown just three weeks prior on the Ax-1 mission. B1062 has also previously launched two GPS spacecraft, Inspiration4, and another Starlink mission. 

All-time SpaceX stats: 155 total launches, 117 landings, and 94 reflown rockets. Friday’s mission was the quickest turnaround for a Falcon booster. And nearly 2,200 Starlinks are currently in orbit, per astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, with 2,166 of those satellites active and operational. 

Let’s extrapolate…SpaceX, as of Friday, is operating at an annual run rate of ~52 launches a year. According to Elon, SpaceX is targeting 60 Falcon 9/Heavy flights this year, which would be nearly double 2021’s total of 31.

Related Stories
LaunchPolarisPolicy

FAA Space Chief Talks Mission Authorization, Part 450, Starship

The clock is ticking to get a legislative fix for mission authorization approved, according to Kelvin Coleman, the FAA’s associate administrator for commercial space transportation. 

LaunchPolicy

FAA Announces New Committee To Evaluate Launch Regs

The FAA is establishing a new committee to improve its launch licensing requirements after industry officials complained that the agency’s 2021 update made life more difficult.

Launch

Japan’s H3 Rocket Reaches Orbit on its Second Flight

The second launch is the charm for Japan’s next-gen heavy-lift H3 rocket.

LaunchLunar

IM-1 Lunar Lander is Set to Launch Wednesday Morning

SpaceX is slated to launch the Intuitive Machines Nova-C lunar lander aboard Falcon 9 early Valentine’s Day morning as it attempts to become the first commercial spacecraft to soft-land on the lunar surface and the first US vehicle to accomplish the feat since Apollo 17 in 1972.