SpaceX to break 2021 record with 32nd launch of 2022

SpaceX is set to break several records on the Starlink Group 3-2 mission. Launching from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the Falcon 9 Block 5 will place 46 Starlink internet communication satellites into the third shell of the constellation. Liftoff is scheduled for July 21, 2022, at 10:39 AM PDT (17:39 UTC) and will mark SpaceX’s 32nd launch of 2022, averaging a launch every 6.31 days. This will break SpaceX’s 2021 record of most launches in a year when they launched 31 times. With the eventual goal of being able to turn around SLC-4E as quickly as SLC-40 in Florida, SpaceX has been making a large number of upgrades to the Transporter/Erector (T/E) and pad infrastructure at pad 4E. The T/E is responsible for transitioning the Falcon 9 vehicle from horizontal to vertical. Once vertical, it provides the vehicle and payload with structural support, power and telemetry, and is used to fuel the vehicle through the Quick Disconnects (QDs). Unlike the T/E at SpaceX’s other two Falcon 9 launch sites—LC-39A and SLC-40—SLC-4E utilizes an older design: the strong back falls 13º away from the rocket, starting at T-4 minutes,…

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SpaceX to break 2021 record with 32nd launch of 2022

Updated: July 21, 2022 — 10:27 am