SpaceX will try to follow record-breaking 2022 with busier 2023

SpaceX has shattered the record for launches in a calendar year by a single rocket type while making large strides toward getting the successor vehicle off the ground, despite a few struggles with Falcon 9 launch delays and Starship testing mishaps. The record launch cadence is planned to be broken again in 2023, with as many as 100 launches planned according to Elon Musk. Starship, the eventual successor to the Falcon 9, did not fly this year as had been planned but is currently on track for its first orbital test flight as early as the first quarter of 2023. Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy The Falcon 9 Block 5, the current operational workhorse of the SpaceX rocket fleet, launched 60 times in 2022, with all flights successfully completing their missions. This cadence has set an all-time US and worldwide record for flights by a single type in one calendar year. The previous record was set by the Soviet Soyuz-U launcher in 1979, with 45 successful launches out of 47 overall that year. In addition, the Falcon Heavy launched for the first time since June 2019 on Nov. 1. The fourth flight of the Falcon Heavy flew the…

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SpaceX will try to follow record-breaking 2022 with busier 2023

Updated: December 31, 2022 — 9:27 pm