Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
SpaceX Aims for 100 Launches with Four Missions This Week

SpaceX is working towards its goal of completing 100 launches by the end of this year. To achieve this, the company has planned four launches for this week, carrying a variety of payloads.

The week kicks off with a Starlink mission on Tuesday, launching from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) in Florida. This mission will deploy more satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide global high-speed internet access.

China is also active in space exploration, with the 150th launch of its Chang Zheng 3B/E rocket. This launch will further upgrade its satellite capabilities in orbit.

Three more Falcon 9 launches are scheduled for the week. The first of these is the Transporter 9 rideshare mission from Vandenburg Spaceforce Base (VSFB) in California. This mission will carry multiple satellites to a sun-synchronous orbit.

Next, SpaceX will conduct its 29th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS) to the International Space Station (ISS). This will involve launching a Cargo Dragon capsule from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

The final launch of the week will involve the deployment of two O3b mPOWER satellites for SES, a satellite telecommunications network provider. These satellites will be launched from CCSFS in Florida.

SpaceX’s Starlink mission this week will utilize the Falcon 9 booster B1073-11. This will be its 52nd Starlink mission of the year. The booster will return to the droneship Just Read The Instructions for landing.

The payload for the Chang Zheng 3B/E launch is believed to be a Zhongxing-6E communications satellite. This satellite will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit above China.

For the Transporter 9 mission, the booster is yet to be announced. However, there will be a return-to-launch site landing at Landing Zone 4.

The CRS SpX-29 mission will resupply the ISS, with the Cargo Dragon capsule docking onto the Harmony port. The booster will land back at Landing Zone 1 at KSC.

The final launch of the week will deploy two O3b mPOWER satellites to an equatorial MEO transfer orbit. These satellites will enhance SES’s satellite telecommunications network.

SpaceX continues to make significant progress in its ambitious launch schedule, working towards pushing the boundaries of space exploration and satellite deployment.