SpaceX aims to launch 52 Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy in 2022

Shortly before SpaceX is scheduled to launch an Italian Earth observation satellite, a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Committee (ASAP) revealed that the company aims to make as many as 52 launches this year.

In support of several estimates published by Teslarati over the past month, SpaceX is officially targeting one launch per week in 2022 in good standing with the company Record-breaking commercial release statement and plans Up to 10 Falcon launch In December 2021 and January 2022 alone. Nor was it surprising after SpaceX’s impressive performance in the first six months of 2021.

A visual representation of the 52 Falcon launches (9). (SpaceX)

In the first half of 2021, before major production issues halted virtually all Starlink launches, SpaceX launched 20 Falcon 9 rockets in six months, demonstrating a sustained cadence of 40 launches per year. Of the 20 launches, 13 were Starlink missions and 7 were commercial. Because there is no commercial launch And Since there were no Starlink satellites to launch, SpaceX only proceeded to launch three times between July 1 and November 11.

However, in the last two months of 2021, SpaceX managed to go from launching three times in 19 weeks to launching eight Falcon 9 rockets in six weeks. Furthermore, SpaceX has completed five of those eight launches in less than three weeks. Given that this feat made December 2021 the first ever SpaceX launch month just one year after the first ever SpaceX launch month, it wasn’t unreasonable to assume that five launches in one month were a fluke. However, the fact that SpaceX suddenly went from a record five launches in about 27 days to five launches in about 19 days, seemed like more than a coincidence.

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This was confirmed about two weeks later, when a US military official responsible for managing the Florida domain tacitly revealed that SpaceX was targeting up to Five Falcon Releases on the East Coast In January 2022. Then the question became whether SpaceX’s plans would survive the only real constant of spaceflight: delays.

However, three weeks later, SpaceX has successfully launched three Falcon 9 rockets and is on track to launch two more rockets from Florida in the last few days of the month. The launch of the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) Earth observation satellite CSG-2 was originally scheduled for late 2021 and was eventually rescheduled for January 27, but bad weather forced SpaceX to delay that launch to 6:11 p.m. ET US Eastern (23:11 UTC) Friday, January 28. Perhaps less than a day later, as early as 2:39 pm (19:39 UTC) on Sunday January 30 (delayed from January 29), the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the last of about 49 Starlink satellites known As Starlink 4-7.

Last but not least, SpaceX has already tested and launched a third Falcon 9 rocket, ready to launch the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spy satellite(s) NROL-87 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California (VSFB) no sooner. From (NET) 11:07 a.m. PT (19:07 UTC), Wednesday, Feb. 2. If those three launches go according to plan, SpaceX will start 2022 with six launches in the first five weeks of the year and, technically, just 27 days. Moreover, within a period of 10 weeks, SpaceX will likely have completed twelve Falcon 9 launch.

In short, even though it’s only a month into the year, SpaceX will undoubtedly maintain the launch cadence it would need to launch an average of one Falcon rocket per week throughout 2022. The number of launches has pushed SpaceX below its goal of 52 launches in One year, but even 40 launches per year would be an extraordinary feat. If SpaceX actually achieves more than 50 launches in 2022, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy will represent the second family of rockets in history to achieve such a cadence — and the first to do so since the 1980s.

Tune in below at about 6PM ET on Friday, January 28 to watch SpaceX’s fourth launch of the Falcon of the year.

SpaceX aims to launch 52 Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy in 2022

Olga Dmitrieva

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