Tencent technology news on November 18, 2022 may be the most brilliant year in the history of SpaceX, a US space exploration technology company. Following 25 missions in 2021, the space company is preparing to increase its launch volume on a large scale. According to the compilation statistics of several tracking agencies, they found that SpaceX will launch at least 36 times next year, including four manned launches. However, these launches do not include the satellite chain satellite launches that are becoming the norm in order to add satellites to its expanding coverage of Internet services.
2021 may be the year with the largest number of SpaceX launches so far. The previous record was 2020, when the company launched 26 missions. Given that 104 rockets were successfully launched into orbit around the world last year, this means that SpaceX will account for 25% of global orbital launches in 2020. In October 2020, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said on twitter that his goal in 2021 was to launch 48 times. It seems that he is expected to achieve this goal in 2022.
In addition to these missions, SpaceX is expected to conduct regular satellite chain launches in Florida and California. Musk explained earlier this month that by mid-2022, the next phase of the launch of the star chain should be able to achieve better maritime communication.
The following are SpaceX’s launch missions next year:
– im-1: as part of NASA’s “commercial lunar payload service program”, SpaceX will launch the lunar lander of innovative machines, which will carry five payloads. At the same time, SpaceX will also launch a 40 kg doge-1 satellite funded by cryptocurrency.
— transporter-3 (January): this will be SpaceX’s third microsatellite carpool launch mission. The company launches smaller satellites for customers at a cost of only US $1 million. The mission will take off from launch pad 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
— Falcon heavy ussf-44 (early 2022): This is a confidential mission of the US space force. It will launch two satellites, one of which is named tetra-1, into geosynchronous orbit. The mission will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
– nrol-87 (February 2): this confidential mission will take off from space launch complex 4E at Vandenberg space force base, California.
Axiom-1 (February 21): SpaceX’s manned dragon spacecraft capsule will take off from Launch Pad 39A of Kennedy Space Center in Florida to send four astronauts to the international space station, including former NASA astronauts, axiom vice president Michael L ó PEZ Alegr í a (commander), and American entrepreneur Larry Connor , Canadian Investor mark Patty and Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe
Axiom space’s space station conceptual design, which plans to eventually build its own space station using similar manned missions
— worldview Legion earth 1 and worldview Legion Earth 2 (no earlier than March): two observation satellites will be launched by two Falcon 9 rockets. This mission will take off from space launch complex 4E at Vandenberg space force base, California.
SES O3b MPOWER (early March): three medium earth orbit broadband satellites will be launched, and the launch plan of the other three satellites will be completed in the remaining time of 2022.
— transporter-4 (March): SpaceX plans to launch the fourth microsatellite carpool launch mission and enter the solar synchronous orbit. It will include planetiq’s gnomes-3 satellite.
— Falcon heavy ussf-52: this US Pacific mission will launch an unknown payload from Launch Pad 39A of Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
– Falcon heavy viasat-3: this will launch a satellite close to geostationary orbit, which will provide up to 1TB of network capacity per second, which is part of the upgrade of the three satellites plan. Falcon heavy Rockets have a powerful ability to launch satellites very close to their final position. This means that it doesn’t take weeks for the satellite to move to its final position, so viasat can start using it faster. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
– nilesat-301 (April): the mission announced in January 2020 that it would launch nilesat-301 geosynchronous communication satellite with Falcon 9 rocket. AMR EMAM, head of the space Department of Nilesat, announced at the meeting of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in July 2021 that it would be launched in April 2022.
Crew-4 (April 15): this will send four astronauts to the international space station, including NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Robert Hines, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha cristoforetti, and the unidentified fourth astronaut. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Crs-25 (may): SpaceX plans to launch the 25th commercial supply mission for NASA. This will deliver materials to the international space station, including the completion of the launch of solar panels for the international space station. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The six solar panels will be launched through three resupply missions, each weighing about 700 kg and generating 20 kW of heat. It is expected to be one of the heaviest non pressure payloads in the history of the SpaceX capsule. The September 2021 web page of NASA Glenn Research Center shows that crs-25 will be launched in May 2022.
The international space station includes six planned solar panels
— transporter (June): SpaceX’s website lists the smallsat carpool launch mission to the sun synchronous orbit in June.
SES O3b MPOWER (mid June): three medium earth orbit broadband satellites will be launched. This launch will attract attention because SpaceX will not try to recover the Falcon 9 rocket, which means that SpaceX can inject more fuel to launch the satellite closer to the final position.
— Falcon heavy ussf-67 (mid year): This is a confidential mission and will be launched into the geostationary orbit. The core of the trinuclear rocket will be consumed. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
— Amazon Nexus (second half of the year): this satellite is provided with geostationary orbit communication by hispasat, a Spanish operator.
– nrol-85 (second half): this mission is expected to be launched by Falcon 9 rocket.
Third quarter of 2022
– Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32: this mission will launch two satellites, which is part of the seven satellite launch contract worth US $390 million signed between SpaceX and INTELSAT, which is divided equally by SpaceX and Arianespace.
Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34: This is the second launch as part of the Intelsat satellite launch contract.
– South Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (August): This is South Korea’s first lunar mission. During its one-year orbit around the moon, it will carry out a series of experiments by South Korea and the United States. It will lift off from launch pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida.
— Falcon heavy psyche (August): This orbiter will be launched to an asteroid 225 kilometers in diameter. Scientists speculate that the asteroid between Mars and Jupiter may be the residue of an ancient planet because it contains a lot of iron and nickel.
SpaceX’s Falcon heavy rocket took off
Crs-26 (September): this will complete the solar panel upgrade of the third launch of the international space station. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
– tranche 0 (September): SpaceX won a $150 million contract for this mission in January 2021. It will launch satellites for the tranche 0 transport and tracking layer of the space development agency. This is used to track ballistic missiles.
— IM-2: as part of NASA’s “commercial lunar payload service program”, SpaceX will launch a lunar lander for innovative machines.
Axiom-2 (Autumn): axiom space plans to launch a manned mission every six months, which means that the second mission should be carried out at this time. The mission is expected to go to the international space station. The crew includes NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, GT racing champion John shoffner and the upcoming TV reality show The winner of who wants to be an astronaut.
— Arctic satellite broadband mission (at the end of the year): the mission will carry two satellites of space Norway.
Crew-5 (October): this will be SpaceX’s fifth commercial astronaut manned launch mission for NASA. It will send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese JAXA astronaut Koichi Yoshida and the fourth unnamed astronaut to the international space station.
– transporter (October): SpaceX’s website lists the microsatellite carpool launch plan, which will enter the solar synchronous orbit in October. Meanwhile, SpaceX may try to send Russian astronauts into space for the first time. Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency, said in October 2021: “In our opinion, SpaceX has gained enough experience to allow our astronauts to board the manned dragon spacecraft.” the negotiations will determine the details of any potential deal in this field. It will take off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
— surface water and ocean topography (November): this mission, also known as SWOT, is a cooperative project between NASA, CNEs and the British space agency. It will carry out earth surface water survey around the world. This mission will take off from space launch complex 4E at Vandenberg space mission base, California.
– IM-2 (December): the second mission of innovative machines will land at the south pole of the moon. The company has cooperated with spaceflight to provide carpool launch opportunities.
The time has not been determined
Intelsat 40e: it will be announced in March 2022 that it will launch a communication satellite for INTELSAT, which will be used by governments and companies in North and Central America.
— gps-iii sv06: this global positioning satellite will be used as part of the 31 satellite network.
– INMARSAT – 6B: this will launch gx6b satellite to support the high-speed broadband network under INMARSAT expansion. It will operate in geostationary orbit.
INMARSAT orbit satellite map
Ses-18 and ses-19: these two satellites will be launched from Cape Canaveral by a rocket of the communication company SES.
– orbital test flight of starship and super heavy rocket: SpaceX’s starship prototype and super heavy rocket prototype are expected to complete the orbital test flight at a certain time point in 2022, and it will take off from the company’s interstellar base facility in Texas. (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)