by Douglas Messier
After being delayed for a lot of the previous week by climate, SpaceX launched 54 Starlink broadband satellites on Sunday from Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida.
SpaceX has now launched 1,403 Starlink satellites this yr on 28 Falcon 9 flights. Elon Musk’s firm has launched 42 instances this yr, or 70 p.c of the 60 launches tried by U.S. firms this yr.
Sept. 11-18 2022
|Date||Firm -Launch Automobile||Firm -Payload||Function||Launch Website|
|Sept. 13, 2022||CASC – Lengthy March 7A||China Satcom – ChinaSat-1E||GEO Communications||Wenchang (China)|
|Sept. 15, 2022||Rocket Lab – Electron||Synspective – StriX-1||Earth remark (SAR)||Mahia Peninsula (New Zealand)|
|Sept. 18, 2022||SpaceX – Falcon 9||SpaceX – 54 Starlink||Broadband||Cape Canaveral (USA)|
Rocket Lab’s Electron booster orbited the StriX-1 artificial aperture radar (SAR) satellite tv for pc for Synspective of Japan. The corporate set a brand new document with its seventh profitable Electron launch in a calendar yr with greater than three months left in 2022. The corporate launched seven instances in 2020, however a kind of flights failed.
China Aerospace Science and Expertise Company (CASC) launched the ChinaSat-1E geosynchronous communications satellite tv for pc. It was CASC’s thirty second launch of the yr and thirty eighth launch by Chinese language firms.
Orbital Launches by Nation
Jan. 1 – Sept. 16, 2022
|Nation||Successes||Failures||Complete||Proportion of Complete Launches||Notes|
|United States||58||2||60||50.85||Consists of Rocket Lab Electron launches from New Zealand; 2 Crew Dragon and 1 Cargo Dragon flights to ISS; CST-100 Starliner flight to ISS: ultimate flight of Rocket 3.3 (failure)|
|China||37||1||38||32.20||Crew, cargo and module launches to area station; Reusable Experimental Spacecraft flight; profitable maiden flights of Lengthy March 6A and ZK-1A boosters|
|Russia||12||0||12||10.17||Consists of 1 Soyuz ST-B launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana carried out by Arianespace; 1 Soyuz crew and a pair of Progress freighters to ISS; 1 profitable maiden flight of Angara 1.2|
|Europe||3||0||3||2.54||Profitable Vega-C maiden flight, 2 Ariane 5 launches|
|India||2||1||3||2.54||2 Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Automobile, Small Satellite tv for pc Launch Automobile maiden flight (failure)|
|Iran||1||0||1||0.85||Qased launch car|
|South Korea||1||0||1||0.85||First profitable launch of domestically produced orbital launch car (Nuri)|
Due to SpaceX, the USA remained within the lead with 60 orbit launch makes an attempt, which is 58.85 p.c of the 118 makes an attempt worldwide. Astra Area accounted each American failures with its since retired Rocket 3.3 booster.
China is in second place with 37 profitable launches in 38 makes an attempt. CASC has accounted for 32 profitable launches with no failures.
Russia is a distant third with 12 launches, adopted by Europe and India with three apiece, and Iran and South Korea with one apiece. Japan has but to launch this yr.