Development of Starship, the new large, fully reusable space rocket, continues in Boca Chica, Texas. The next launch attempt is planned for early next year. In the meantime SpaceX can count on one of the most advanced space rockets on the market, allowing a high launch rate: Falcon 9.
A few hours after the first landing of a first stage of this type of aircraft carrier, which took place on December 21, 2015, a new record for its reuse was set. especially the Amplifier 1058 He managed to take off and land correctly 19 times. So far, no first stage has managed to match it, and it is a real one “Manifest” the starting capacity of SpaceX and gods Falcon rockets.
The launch took place today at 6:33 a.m. (Italian time) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. They were on board 23 Starlink V2 mini satellites that have expanded the current mega-constellation for global internet connectivity. The mission was carried out correctly and the first stage was launched again Drone ship Just read the instructions (JRTI) in the sea about 8 minutes after takeoff.
The 18th launch/landing of this unit was completed in early November, while the 17th launch/landing must be dated to the second half of September, just a short time from another first stage “Veteran” (B1060). Previously the first stage B1058 It had supported the launch of Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-11, CRS-21, Transporter-1, Transporter-3 and 13 Starlink missions (14 including today’s).
The first Falcon 9 landed in Landing Zone 1 on December 21, 2015 (source)
In the past, Elon Musk had stated that he had a goal of achieving 20 reuses of a first stage one Falcon 9. However, this limit could be too conservative and as long as restoring a unit is not excessively expensive due to the components to be replaced or regenerated and is considered reliable enough, the number could increase. Generally SpaceX managed to launch and land launchers over 250 times with a cadence of nearly 100 launches per year, which could be exceeded by 2024. The Falcon rockets will continue to fly for several years even after Starship is actually operational, and will remain so “Milestone” for the aerospace industry, which also stimulated competition (in the US and beyond).