The SpaceX Coast is getting ready for an extraordinary year of launches in 2023. With estimates ranging from 86 to 92 potential launches, this year is set to be even more bustling than 2022, which had a total of 57 launches.

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As of August 6, 2023, a total of 40 launches have already taken place from the Space Coast. Among these, Cape Canaveral has hosted 32 launches, while Kennedy Space Center has seen 8. The leader in launch activity is clearly SpaceX, with an impressive 38 launches, including 35 Falcon 9 rockets and 3 Falcon Heavy rockets. United Launch Alliance and Relativity Space have each launched one rocket this year.

Two human spaceflights have also occurred in 2023. The Crew-6 mission sent astronauts to the International Space Station in March, and the Ax-2 mission carried a group of private astronauts to the ISS in April.

August is shaping up to be a bustling month for launches from the Space Coast. On August 3, SpaceX launched the Intelsat G-37 satellite into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Just three days later, on August 6, SpaceX launched the Starlink 6-8 satellite constellation from Cape Canaveral.

There are several other exciting launches planned for the remainder of the year. In August, SpaceX will launch the Crew-7 mission, which will transport astronauts to the ISS. United Launch Alliance will also conduct the SILENTBARKER/NROL-107 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. Looking ahead to October, SpaceX has the Psyche mission scheduled, involving a probe that will study the Psyche asteroid.

Alongside these significant launches, numerous other missions are lined up for 2023. United Launch Alliance will make its inaugural launch of the Peregrine lunar lander, along with test satellites for Amazon’s Project Kuiper. The Polaris Dawn project, which will see billionaire Jared Isaacman return to space, is also on the agenda. Additionally, SpaceX is planning the NG-20 mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Axiom Space has secured a contract for the Axiom-3 mission, anticipated for January 2024. This mission will send four crew members to the ISS, where they will engage in research.

The Space Coast is primed for an exceptional year of launches in 2023, featuring an array of captivating missions. It’s a year that space enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on.

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Here are further details about the upcoming launches

  • The Crew-7 mission is scheduled to launch the Crew Dragon Endurance from Kennedy Space Center on August 25. This mission will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station, where they will spend six months conducting research.
  • The SILENTBARKER/NROL-107 mission is planned to launch the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on August 29. While the mission is classified, it is believed to be carrying a surveillance satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.
  • The Psyche mission is set to launch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in October. This mission aims to send a probe to study the Psyche asteroid, believed to be the core of a protoplanet.
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  • The Peregrine lunar lander will have its inaugural launch on the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket in 2023. Developed by Astrobotic for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, the lander holds significant promise for lunar exploration.
  • The Polaris Dawn project is slated for a 2023 launch. This mission will take billionaire Jared Isaacman and three other crew members on a multi-day journey to the edge of space.
  • The NG-20 mission is set to launch the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station in 2023. This mission will play a vital role in delivering essential supplies and equipment to the ISS.
  • The Axiom-3 mission is planned for a January 2024 launch. In this mission, four crew members will head to the International Space Station, embarking on a journey of research and exploration.

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