On December 17, 2022, SpaceX launched another series of 54 Starlink satellites into space. The start was interesting because booster No. 1058 used for this launch was already performing its 15th mission.
No. 1058 is generally a very well-known booster. It delivered the first manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission to the ISS on May 31, 2020. It was this booster that on January 24, 2021, set a record for the number of objects launched into space in one mission – 143 satellites in the Transporter-1 mission.
During its lifetime, booster No. 1058 has already delivered 770 satellites into space, 518 of which belong to the Starlink constellation. And it seems that the veteran is not going to retire just yet.
Also, the December 17, 2022 launch is interesting in that it was the third Falcon 9 Block 5 launch that SpaceX has made in only 36 hours! It seems that at this rate, SpaceX will easily reach the figure of 100 launches per year already in 2023. This year, Musk’s company has already carried out 59 successful launches, three times more than the “great space power” Russia. 2 more Falcon 9 launches are scheduled for December 28 and 29, 2022.
Big congratulations to SpaceX, 15 booster reuses and 3 launches in 36 hours are really impressive achievements.