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SpaceX aims for another record year of launches

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  • The ambitious plan was revealed during NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel meeting Thursday.
  • CNBC reports panel member Sandy Magnus, a former NASA astronaut, said during the meeting SpaceX is aiming at “an ambitious 52 launch manifest” for this year.
  • SpaceX hit a milestone in 2021, carrying out 31 launches that included sending eight astronauts and a ton of supplies to the International Space Station For NASA.

Elon Musk’s private space exploration company SpaceX is reportedly striving to launch a record 52 rockets into space over the course of 2022, which would surpass the company’s previous record of 31 launches set just last year.  

The ambitious plan was revealed during NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel meeting Thursday. The panel examines the space agency’s performance and gives guidance on any safety issues or concerns.  

CNBC reports panel member Sandy Magnus, a former NASA astronaut, said during the meeting SpaceX is aiming at “an ambitious 52 launch manifest” for this year.  


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“That’s an incredible pace,” Magnus said, according to the outlet. It’s not clear whether the totality of launches includes test flights of the company’s Starship prototypes.  

SpaceX hit a milestone in 2021, carrying out 31 launches that included sending eight astronauts and a ton of supplies to the International Space Station For NASA. The company has also conducted several successful launches to deploy thousands of small satellites for its Starlink constellation, which it’s utilizing to provide high-speed internet access to customers all over the world. 

SpaceX has already successfully launched three reusable Falcon 9 rockets this year and is on track to launch another Friday evening for the Italian Space Agency’s CSG-2 Earth observation satellite. Reusable rocket technology is key for driving down the cost of space exploration.   


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