Stakhanovites from SpaceX set an unbelievable pace of launches

Today, the next start is scheduled for the Starlink program. Let me remind you that the last start was recently, June 13th. And if you count over the past 30 days, then this will be the fourth start. Please tell me which company or country has reached a similar launch speed? The answer is obvious. And this despite the fact that many skeptics said that the maintenance and troubleshooting of reusable rocket carriers and engines would take a very long time. If the process is established, and in SpaceX this is already the case, then this process becomes normal, almost pipelined work.

Starting today, the Falcon 9, for which this will be the fourth flight, is to launch 57 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky satellites into orbit. Previously, this booster launched the SpaceX Demo-1 mission into space, which first launched Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS), then the launch of RADARSAT, as well as two previous Starlink missions.

If everything goes according to plan, the Starlink constellation will increase to 595 satellites. In parallel with this, SpaceX now also earns at every launch, taking on board a passing cargo. Microsatellites are commercialized using SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare. The program allows companies to launch small satellites for the price of only $ 1 million per satellite output. Booking a Falcon 9 will cost you around $ 60 million.

Let me remind you that in parallel with the deployment of the Starlink network in orbit, work is underway on Earth to prepare for testing receiving equipment, which at the initial stage will involve 1 million subscribers in the northern territories of the United States and Canada. And more recently, real-life Starlink user terminal snapshots hit the network.

And by the way, another Falcon 9 launch with GPS satellites is scheduled for the end of the month.