Today we’re going up SpaceX’s Orbital Launch Tower with the ultimate tour guide, Elon Musk. He’s going to walk us around the bottom, explain how they plan to catch the booster with the chopsticks and then we’ll go up the elevator stopping at the quick disconnect and on the upper deck!
Starbase is the world’s first true spaceport located in South Texas. It is home to SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket factory and launch pads, and is known as the “Gateway to Mars” among the space community. Within the next decade, the first manned missions to Mars will launch from the Starbase area.
Elon Musk’s private space company broke its own record for most launches in a single calendar year—and 2022 isn’t even close to being over yet. The company completed its 32nd successful launch of the year, beating its 31 successful launches in 2021.
Like it or not, SpaceX’s outpouring of launches into space is impressive. On Friday July 22, the company successfully launched 46 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit using its Falcon 9 reusable rocket, which blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This marks SpaceX’s 32nd successful launch of 2022, surpassing its previous record of 31 successful launches in 2021—and there’s still five months left in 2022. It’s a record for SpaceX and also for any launch provider.
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