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SpaceX Will Break Its Own Record For Most Rocket Launches In A Year With Next Starlink Launch

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The rocket company SpaceX is set to break its own record this week for the most rocket launches in a calendar year.

Elon Musk’s company made 31 successful launches in 2021 and has already matched that record this year with its most recent launch last Sunday.

A Falcon 9 rocket will launch a new batch of Starlink broadband satellites into low Earth orbit on Thursday, marking the 32nd launch this year.

If SpaceX continues at this pace, it will be on track to complete more than 50 launches this year, as it currently averages more than one launch per week.

The Falcon 9’s record-breaking launch will take place on July 21 at 6:13 PM BST (13:13 AM EDT), according to NextSpaceFlight.comand will be streamed live on the SpaceX YouTube channel.

Elon Musk’s company made 31 successful launches in 2021, tying that record for this year last Sunday. Earlier this month it marked the 100th time the Falcon 9 . has flown again

SpaceX set to break the record for most rocket launches in a calendar year on Thursday

SpaceX set to break the record for most rocket launches in a calendar year on Thursday

WHAT ARE STARLINK SATELLITES?

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 of its “Starlink” space Internet satellites into orbit and hopes to have 12,000 in the air by 2026.

They form a constellation designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet service from low Earth orbit.

While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Star Link is different. SpaceX said its goal is to provide fast, cable-like internet anywhere in the world.

Musk has previously said the company could provide three billion people who currently do not have access to the internet a cheap way to get online.

It could also help fund a future city on Mars.

The latest launch on July 17 saw the Falcon 9 rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, US with 53 Starlink satellites on board.

Just nine minutes after launch, the Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth, using two brake fires to slow it down.

It then landed on a drone ship called ‘Just Read the Instructions’, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

A Tweet from SpaceX revealed that the 53 Starlink flat-packed broadband relay stations were deployed from the upper stage of the Falcon 9 just 15.5 minutes after launch.

In a mission description, SpaceX said: “This was the 13th flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster that supported this mission, which previously launched Dragon’s first crew demonstration mission, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and now 10 Starlink -missions.’

SpaceX has launched more than 2,800 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit to date and has clearance for more than 9,000 more.

The Starlink network has over 400,000 subscribers worldwide and currently costs $110 per month with a one-time fee of $599 for equipment.

The space company has requested permission to launch an additional 30,000 satellites on top of that to create a “mega constellation.”

But NASA has said that scouring low Earth orbit with so many satellites “could affect science and human spaceflight missions.”

It also warned that the move could lead to a “significant increase” in clashes.

The ability to reuse the first stage of its rockets helps SpaceX keep costs per launch low and makes them competitive with the older companies

The ability to reuse the first stage of its rockets helps SpaceX keep costs per launch low and makes them competitive with the older companies

Falcon 9 is a reusable two-stage rocket that has proven successful and safe in transporting people and payloads into orbit and beyond.

On July 7, it was the 100th time it had flown a Falcon 9 rocket again.

The rocket’s nine Merlin engines release 1.7 million pounds of thrust on liftoff, allowing the craft to steer to its destination in space.

The ability to reuse the first stage of its Falcon 9 rockets helps SpaceX keep costs per launch low and makes it very competitive with the older companies.

This is also part of Musk’s plan to colonize Mars — once SpaceX masters rocket reuse, it can send multiple rockets to Mars and back to Earth.

Musk plans to use the company’s massive Starship rockets to transport people to and from the Red Planet.

SpaceX announced Wednesday that Starship 24, or Ship 24, is now standing upright on the suborbital launch pad at its test facility in Boca China, Texas.

The move is “in preparation for Starship’s first orbital flight test,” SpaceX shared in a tweet, suggesting the massive rocket could take off this month.

SpaceX announced Wednesday that Starship 24 is now on the suborbital launch pad at its test facility in Boca China, Texas.  The move is

SpaceX announced Wednesday that Starship 24 is now on the suborbital launch pad at its test facility in Boca China, Texas. The move is “in preparation for Starship’s first orbital flight test,” SpaceX shared in a tweet, suggesting the massive rocket could take off this month.

Elon Musk’s Starlink Provides Internet For YACHTS And Other Huge Ships For $5,000 A Month

SpaceX is expanding its Starlink internet service to oceans, rivers and lakes – at great cost.

Starlink Maritime is now available and the company is targeting owners of superyachts, oil rigs and merchant ships as potential customers.

The service has a $10,000 hardware fee for two “rugged” Starlink dishes, and the regular cost is $5,000 per month.

In comparison, the internet in space costs $110 per month with a one-time $599 equipment fee for residential customers; it is also available for businesses and motorhomes.

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SpaceX projects marine performance speeds of 100-350Mbps down and 20-40Mbps up.  Pictured is one of its satellites attached to a boat

SpaceX projects marine performance speeds of 100-350Mbps down and 20-40Mbps up. Pictured is one of its satellites attached to a boat

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