SpaceX aims to launch a record number of 52 rockets in 2022 – and it is already on track to achieve this goal.
A rocket every week for SpaceX
SpaceX is aiming to launch a total of 52 missions this year, which means on average it would send a rocket into space every week.
CNBC and The Verge broke the news on Thursday.
Goal: beat your own record
Achieving this goal would break the record of 31 launches set by the company last year.
” There is an ambitious manifesto of 52 launches for SpaceX during the year”
said Sandra Magnus, an astronaut and former executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, during a virtual meeting of NASA’s Aerospace Security Advisory Panel (ASAP), as quoted by The Verge.
Incredible pace but watch out for safety
” It’s an incredible rhythm“, said Mr. Magnus, adding that “ NASA and SpaceX will have to be vigilant in the year 2022 so as not to be victims of their success”
according to The Verge.
” NASA and SpaceX will need to ensure that the proper attention and priority is focused on NASA missions, and that the right resources are brought to bear to keep this pace at a safe level.”
Magnus said during the reunion, according to CNBC and The Verge.
Magnus did not say whether the launches would include flights of Starship prototypes, according to reports.
SpaceX already on track to succeed
SpaceX has already conducted three Falcon 9 launches this year, between Jan. 6 and Jan. 19, and plans to send the fourth into orbit on Friday. That means she’s on track to launch one rocket per week, on average.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in 2020 that his aerospace company aims to achieve 48 launches in 2021. There were just 31 last year, but it’s still a record for the rocket maker. .
The lowest launch count SpaceX has had in the past five years was 13 in 2019, according to media reports.