Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
SpaceX Successfully Launches 65th Mission of the Year

SpaceX launched its 65th mission of the year from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket took off with 22 Starlink satellites. This marked the fifth launch for the booster, which had previously supported Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, and two Starlink satellites. The first stage booster successfully landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the launch, SpaceX confirmed the deployment of all the satellites by Falcon’s second stage. The company also shared a video of the satellite deployment, which has gained popularity on social media.

This Starlink launch was originally scheduled for September 15 but was delayed by a day due to unfavorable weather conditions. With this successful launch, SpaceX has completed 65 missions for the year, surpassing its previous record set last year.

Aside from this launch, SpaceX has been busy conducting other activities. It recently conducted test fires of its Raptor engines for the Starship rocket. Two videos were posted, showcasing the engines being tested in simulated conditions for a Moon landing and the rocket’s coast phase in outer space.

Moving forward, SpaceX’s biggest challenge lies in the second integrated test flight of the Starship. It is expected to take place in late October or early November. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which grounded Starship after its explosive first launch attempt, is expected to grant a launch permit by late October. CEO Elon Musk expresses confidence in the rocket’s readiness and increased chances of success this time.