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SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites

More bunny action. SpaceX tonight successfully launched another 23 Starlink satellites, its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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

Increasingly, SpaceX is treating its rockets and launchpads like the airlines treat their airplanes: They only have value if they are flying, and SpaceX is trying to keep both rockets and launchpads flying at all times.

The leaders in the 2024 launch race:

55 SpaceX
23 China
7 Russia
5 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads the world combined in successful launches, 62 to 36, while SpaceX by itself leads the entire world, including other American companies, 55 to 43.

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  • Terry

    Would it be possible to see the per month totals for SpaceX so we can get a sense of launch cadence? This list is reminding me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfes.

  • Terry: All you really have to do is divide the number of launches by the month to get a rough figure. At this moment this year SpaceX is exceeding 10 launches per month.

  • geoffc

    @Terry you can try
    SpaceX link:

    11 flights in May so far, 3 more scheduled. On track to 140+ at this pace.

    End of 5 months, and 54 flights (3 more to go, so assume 57 in 5 months is over 11/month)

  • Terry

    Geoffc, thanks for that link.

    Bob, doing that math is easy but it shows a back looking average. I’m interested in seeing how the SpaceX current and previous month launch totals are doing compared to the “12 per month” target. Seeing the “real time” cadence will help us better estimate the year-end totals for SpaceX.

    I have been using the “List of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches” on Wikipedia, but of course that does not include any Starship launches.

  • Terry: One thing you can do is use BtB. Do a search of the words “launch” “race” “leaders”. That should get you every one of my launch posts. You can then quickly scan down them and get an idea of the monthly numbers.

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