SpaceX plans to end the year with a bang, but hopefully not that kind of bang. Elon Musk’s company is set to launch three Falcon 9 rockets in about three days, using launch facilities on both the east and west coast to do so.
The busy three days will bring the number of 2021 SpaceX launches to 31, smashing the previous record of 26 set last year.
First up is the launch of 52 Starlink satellites from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The west coast launch is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 1:24am PST.
While that is going on, SpaceX crews on the east coast will be preparing for two more launches.
The first will take a Turkish communications satellite, Turskat 5B, into space from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. That launch is also scheduled for Saturday during a 90-minute launch window that opens at 10:48pm EST.
Then on Tuesday SpaceX will launch 6,500lbs of crew supplies and science equipment to the International Space Station inside the Crew Dragon atop another Falcon 9 rocket.
That launch will take place at the Kennedy Space Center at 5:06am EST on Tuesday, December 28.
All of the launches will be livestreamed by SpaceX.