SpaceX breaks its own annual launch record

SpaceX breaks its own annual launch record

A Falcon 9 rocket during a Starlink mission.

A Falcon 9 rocket during a Starlink mission.
Photo: SpaceX

Elon Musk’s private space company has gone bankrupt record for most launches in a single schedule year-and 2022 isn’t even close to being Moreover. The company achieved its 32nd successful launch of the year, beating its 31 successful launches in 2021.

Like it or not, SpaceX’s outpouring of launches into space is impressive. On Friday, July 22, the company successfully launched 46 Starlink Satellites into low Earth orbit using its Falcon 9 reusable rocket, which took off from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This is SpaceX’s 32nd successful launch of 2022, surpassing its previous record of 31 successful launches in 2021 – and there are still five months left in 2022. It’s a record for SpaceX and also for any launch provider.

Friday’s launch was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday but was cleaned up because the Falcon 9 computer detected an abnormal reading from a Merlin engine just 46 seconds before launch. After investigation, SpaceX proceeded with the launch the following day.

SpaceX’s Starlink constellation aims to bring high-speed broadband internet to the world with a network of 42,000 satellites in low Earth orbit. SpaceX said on Twitter this Friday’s launch extended Starlink’s service to 36 countries, including Luxembourg, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. The company also conducted a launch Sunday that sent 53 additional Starlink satellites into orbit, adding another successful launch to SpaceX’s remarkable 2022 run. The Constellation currently consists of approximately 2,660 operational satellites.

Founded in 2002, the company is a force to be reckoned with in the commercial space industry. The start Record aside, SpaceX is hoping for another landmark launch this year — the first orbital test of the company’s massive Starship rocket, which is currently undergoing testing in Boca Chica, Texas.

Although Starlink is a promising foray into fair Internet access, it is not without flaws as astronomers worry with the risk that Starlink poses to views from space. Because satellites reflect sunlight, they create streaks in astronomical data collected by ground-based observatories, and that noise could get worse with Musk’s recent announcement of bigger, more powerful satellites.

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