SpaceX has set a new rocket record with 96 successful launches in 2023

SpaceX has set a new rocket record with 96 successful launches in 2023

Elon Musk’s SpaceX broke its previous annual record for most orbital rocket launches, with 96 successful missions in 2023, at a staggering average launch rate of every 4 days. This is reported by CNBC.

This year, SpaceX has completed 91 launches of its Falcon 9 rocket and five more launches of the Falcon Heavy, surpassing its previous annual record (61 orbital launches in 2022).

SpaceX has launched the Falcon 9 more times this year than in the entire first decade of the rocket’s debut.

Also this year, SpaceX landed its 250th orbital rocket booster and launched and landed a single rocket 19 times, continuing to push the limits of rocket reusability.

SpaceX also set a new record this week with a time between orbital launches of just under 3 hours, the shortest time between launches in Florida since NASA’s Gemini 11 mission in 1966.

John Edwards, SpaceX’s vice president of Falcon launch vehicles, said that just a few years ago, Musk proposed “the goal of 100 launches as a thought experiment”.

“We are there. I’m incredibly proud to be working with the best team on earth and I’m excited to see what we can achieve next year.” – said Edwards.

SpaceX officials said the company plans to launch at least 144 Falcon missions in 2024 as it continues to deploy satellites for the Starlink system, which provides the bulk of its $180 billion valuation.

Earlier, ProIT reported that competitor Starlink offered satellite internet with a speed of 100 Mbit/s cheaper than Musk’s.

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