SpaceX has already completed more than 20 firings for Starlink in 2022

The year is busy for SpaceX: the company plans 52 launches in 2022. 33 have already been carried out, including more than 20 for the benefit of Starlink.

No summer break for SpaceX in 2022. The American company continues its takeoffs throughout the summer to transport satellites, supply cargo ships for the benefit of the ISS or astronauts. another shot is also scheduled for the night of August 9 to 10. It will be a shipment for the benefit of Starlink, its constellation of satellites for the Internet.

Liftoff will take place from Florida, from Launch Complex 39 at the Cape Canaveral base. 52 satellites are in the fairing of the Falcon 9 rocket. The launch is scheduled for 6:57 p.m. local time, which will give a schedule of 12:57 a.m. in mainland France. As always with SpaceX, it will be possible to follow the takeoff live.

52 shots planned for 2022

Takeoff of a Falcon 9. // Source: SpaceX

This mission could not be more routine for SpaceX, which has been sending Starlink satellites into space for four years now, at an increasingly sustained pace. Moreover, just for the year 2022, the American company founded twenty years ago has already completed more than 20 shots on behalf of its Internet service. It is currently the 21st.

This remarkable rate, while we are only in the middle of the year, is made possible, on the one hand, because the American company has access to various take-off areas, on the west coast (Vandenberg) and on the east coast (Cape Canaveral), and on the other hand, because it also recovers the central body of its launchers, which it can then reuse on many occasions.

More generally, SpaceX has globally carried out 33 take-offs in 2022 alone. The latest benefited Danuri, Korea’s first space probe to the Moon. Starlink’s benefit shot in early August will be the 34th. At the beginning of the year, the company announced a busy program this year, with 52 shots planned. That’s the equivalent of one per week.

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