September 30, 2022
SpaceX has successfully launched 39 orbital flights so this year - which is about one mission every six days.
The growing number of lift-offs have beat the previous record for the highest number of lift-offs in one year of 31, which had been set back in 2021.
However, SpaceX will definitely aim to get an even greater number of missions in 2023. ARs Technica's Eric Berger tweeted Wednesday that he was told that SpaceX plans for 100 launches in the next year. This is a rumor SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk later confirmed.
A lot of the coming missions will launch large numbers of satellites to SpaceX's Starlink broadband constellation.
In all likelihood SpaceX has launched 25 of its 39 launches in the year ahead are exclusively Starlink flights that carry around 50 satellites to orbit at once.
All Starlink missions so far have been launched from SpaceX's mainstay Falcon 9 rocket, but it's possible that this will change in the next year.
In reality, the first Starship orbital testing flight is expected to take off from SpaceX's South Texas facility Starbase in the next few months.
The company has recently begun carrying out "static test fire" engine tests using Booster 7 and Ship 24 two Starship prototype components that will be launched on the same mission.
Musk has claimed that the vehicle fully recyclable is cost-effective enough to make the idea of colonizing Mars economically feasible.
SpaceX will depend on massive rockets to lift its bigger weight and larger Starlink Version 2 satellites, which will be able offer services directly to mobile phones.