SpaceX rockets set new launch record in 2023

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches with the Psyche spacecraft from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on October 13, 2023.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX has shattered its previous annual record for orbital rocket launches, completing 96 successful missions in 2023 at a staggering average launch rate every four days.

This year, SpaceX achieved 91 Falcon 9 launches and five more Falcon Heavy launches, surpassing its previous annual record of 61 orbital launches in 2022. For context, SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket more times this year than in the entire first decade after 2022. First appearance of the missile.

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