SpaceX announced that 46 Starlink satellites had been successfully launched into orbit by its Falcon 9 rocket. This is SpaceX’s 32nd mission for the year, despite 31 launches all through 2021. SpaceX transformed the Falcon 9 into an actual space shuttle, which orbits on average once every six days.
SpaceX had set a lofty goal earlier this year to launch 52 missions each year. In January, NASA’s Safety Advisory Panel released the number of launches. It warned that SpaceX must continue to work hard to ensure safety despite this increased speed. ” NASA will need to closely monitor their progress in 2022,” said Sandy Magnus, a former astronaut from NASA who is now a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. SpaceX has been able to stick to its schedule so far and has had zero problems with their missions this year (except for the Falcon 9 rocket).
Today’s launch was at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This is the second launch of this location within twelve days. The floating platform Of Course I Still love You was the first stage to land. There have been 2,603 Starlink satellites launched by the company, 2,569 of which are operational. Starlink satellite Internet service operates in 36 countries.