Elon Musk’s private space exploration company SpaceX is reportedly aiming to launch a record 52 rockets into space during 2022, surpassing the company’s previous record of 31 launches set the year last.
The ambitious plan was revealed at NASA’s Aerospace Security Advisory Group meeting on Thursday. The panel reviews the space agency’s performance and advises on any security issues or concerns.
CNBC Reports Panel member and former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus told the meeting that SpaceX is aiming for “an ambitious 52 launch manifesto” for this year.
“It’s an incredible pace,” Magnus said, according to the outlet. It’s unclear if all of the launches include test flights of the company’s Starship prototypes.
SpaceX hit a major milestone in 2021, completing 31 launches, including sending eight astronauts and a ton of supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The company has also completed several successful launches to deploy thousands of small satellites for its Starlink constellation, which it uses to provide high-speed Internet access to customers around the world.
SpaceX has already successfully launched three reusable Falcon 9 rockets this year and is set to launch another Friday night for the Italian Space Agency’s CSG-2 Earth observation satellite. Reusable rocket technology is key to reducing the cost of space exploration.
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