SpaceX, Elon Musk’s successful private space company, started 2023 with the big Transporter-6 mission. SpaceX is targeting 9:56 a.m. ET (14:56 UTC) on Tuesday, January 3 for Falcon 9’s launch of the Transporter-6 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The company just made the Falcon 9-centered takeoff for the Transporter-6 mission without any problems. Within the scope of the take-off, it launched a total of 114 small satellites into low earth orbit.
The take-off of the Transporter-6 mission was broadcasted live
Falcon 9, which was used in the first mission of 2023, was previously used in GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, Intelsat G-33/G-34, and 10 Starlink missions. SpaceX also launched 54 new Starlink satellites last week. With this, it successfully completed the 60th mission of 2022, reaching the target set for the year’s total. This goal was set directly by Elon Musk at the beginning of the year, with the company CEO Musk tweeting on March 28, 2022, “SpaceX Falcon team is making excellent progress. Targeting 60 launches this year!”
SpaceX, which changed its perspective on space, completed the year by launching for the EROS C-3 mission. In the Falcon 9-centered mission, the EROS C-3 satellite from ImageSat Intl. was launched into low earth orbit. With this last Falcon 9 mission of 2022, the company closed the year with a total of 61 successes.
SpaceX is still not announcing a specific number of launches for 2023, but it certainly has big ambitions. The company’s most notable steps in 2023 will mostly center on Starship, whose active orbit test will soon take place. The company’s next-generation rocket model is much more powerful than current solutions and has a big Mars ambition.
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