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SpaceX launches 24 Starlink satellites

SpaceX today successfully launched another 24 Starlink satellites, its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral.

The first stage completed its thirteenth flight, landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

The leaders in the 2024 launch race:

18 SpaceX
9 China
2 Iran
2 India
2 Rocket Lab
2 Japan
2 Russia

American private enterprise now leads the entire world combined 21 to 17 in successful launches, while SpaceX by itself now leads the the rest of the world (excluding other American companies) 18 to 17.

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  • Jeff Wright

    We are very fortunate to have Elon—but outside of other billionaires, Musk is the exception—and the many disappointments of Gary Hudson the rule.

  • geoffc

    And notice, with the Starlink V2 Mini’s they started with 21 per launch, inched up to 22, then 23 and now 24. Part of that is inserting to lower orbits, where the Starlinks can drive themselves out of but would reenter within a week.

    But mass to orbit is now 17.5Metric tonnes. Which was 16.8 I think think before.

  • Ray Van Dune

    I note SpaceX saving weight and complexity by eliminating the discardable stiffening ring on the second-stage MVac engine bell, and wonder what other invisible changes have been made to adds up to the mass of satellite #24?

    It will be interesting to see whether the upcoming Commercial Crew #8 launch has an MVac ring. By NASA’s rules constraining modifications to human-rated vehicles, I would assume it should retain the ring.

  • Valued Customer

    Roscosmos has successfully launched 2 missions Soyuz 2.1 in 2024, both in Feb. Wonder why you omitted these from your count.

  • Valued Customer: This was a mistake of cut and paste. Russia with 2 launches was included in previous updates. It just got dropped by accident. I have put it back in. Thanks for pointing it out.

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