SpaceX makes a new record in launch history by successfully launching 62 Starlink Satellite missions in a year. It’s the highest orbital launch within a single year. It broke the previous record of the company’s launches of last year with 61 launches.
On 3rd September, SpaceX launched 21 Starlink internet satellites to the Earth’s orbit on its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket was launched at 10:47 p.m. from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located in Florida.
This is the 62nd orbital mission of this year by SpaceX, breaking the most flights record within a year, according to the founder of the company SpaceX, Elon Musk. SpaceX broke its previous record of 2022 of 61 launches within a year.
Elon Musk wrote on his X platform (formerly known as Twitter), “Great work by the @SpaceX team successfully launching 61 Falcon rocket missions this year! If tomorrow’s mission goes well, we will exceed last year’s flight count. SpaceX has delivered ~80% of all Earth’s payload mass to orbit in 2023. China is ~10% & the rest of world other ~10%.”
The rocket Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth’s surface as per plan tonight. At about 8.5 minutes the first stage touched down after lifting off the ship Just Read the Instructions stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the description of the SpaceX mission, this was the toth launch-landing for this booster. Meanwhile, the rocket Falcon 9’s upper stage kept on flying. It is set to deploy 21 Starlink Internet Satellites into lower orbits of Earth within 65 minutes of its liftoff.
This launch was crucial for SpaceX as the company was also set to bring back four astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). These four astronauts were part of the Crew-6 mission and have been living on the ISS since March. The Crew-6’s members were inside a Crew Dragon Capsule called Endeavour that departed the ISS a bit after 7 a.m. today. It will fall down on the ocean surface on the Florida coast around 12:17 a.m. EDT.
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