SpaceX completed its 31st launch of the year yesterday when a Falcon 9 took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. SpaceX completed 31 missions in 2021, and the company is on pace for a record-setting one launch per week in 2022.
This latest launch took 53 Starlink satellites up to low-earth orbit. The 4-22 mission added more satellites to the third shell.
The mission used one of the oldest boosters in the SpaceX active fleet. B1051 completed its 13th mission since entering into service in March 2019, according to SpaceFlightNow. SpaceX’s current generation of Falcon 9 boosters can complete at least 15 launches per their certifications.
This week, SpaceX will launch another two sets of Starlink satellites. On Thursday, a Falcon 9 will launch from Vandenburg Space Force Base in California.
While on July 24, another Falcon 9 carrying Starlink satellites is et to launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
At least to say, SpaceX has been a busy company, and they plan to keep this pace up throughout the rest of the summer and the rest of 2022.