SpaceX launched missiles on average more than once a week this year, the main rival being 10 times slower

SpaceX launched missiles on average more than once a week this year, the main rival being 10 times s

The other day, SpaceX launched two Falcon 9 missiles into space in a day, and the first delivered almost three tons of cargo to the International Space Station, including two new NASA astronaut space suiters.

Falcon 9 has become a fairly common phenomenon. SpaceX launched 31 rockets into space this year alone, and all the launches were successful. Last year, the company launched so many missiles in the entire year, at which point it was a record number of spaceX launches.

This year, SpaceX accelerated the pace by launching satellite teams, shipping cargo and crews to ISS, as well as orders from the U.S. Department of Defense and foreign commercial companies. On Monday this year, Falcon 9 was launched every 6.4 days and delivered to low-Earth orbit about 300,000 kg, much more than any other country and/or company combined over the same period, and two more Starlink groups are expected to enter space this week.

By comparison, the main American rival SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, launched 31 rockets into space since 19 March 2017, an average of one every 64 days, in other words, for every 10 spaceX missiles launched by ULA only one.

In the coming years, the nature of the unspoken competition must change, as ULA will soon be presenting a new Vulcan heavy-duty missile. Given the large number of applicants for these missiles, the frequency of ULA launches should also increase markedly as the missile production is scaled up.

SpaceX isn't standing still either, testing the next generation missiles for Starship. It's likely that a series of test flights will start in Texas in the next six months, and a site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is being prepared, and a special launch tower is being built for that purpose.

So far, it is not known how often SpaceX will launch from Florida and Texas. However, it is likely that the testing will only take place in Texas for the time being, and in Florida, the operation of the site will begin only when the company is fully confident of the reliability of the new equipment. This makes sense because there is a mass of NASA, Pentagon, the National Intelligence Agency and other agencies, as well as a site of other aerospace companies, within and around Kennedy, that should not be damaged.