SpaceX achieved a remarkable milestone in 2023 by completing a record-breaking 96 successful orbital missions. This achievement shattered the company's previous record of 61 orbital launches in 2022, with an average launch rate of one mission every four days.
The impressive feat included 91 launches with the Falcon 9 rocket and an additional five with the powerful Falcon Heavy. To put this into perspective, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 more times in a single year than in the entire first decade following the rocket's debut.
Notably, SpaceX also celebrated its 250th successful orbital rocket booster landing and managed to launch and land a single rocket 19 times, showcasing the company's commitment to reusing rockets and reducing the cost of space travel.
This year, SpaceX even set a new company record for the shortest time between orbital launches, achieving a remarkable turnaround of under three hours.
It's worth mentioning that SpaceX's impressive launch count for the year does not include its two Starship test flights, which were not carrying commercial payloads intended for orbit.
Looking ahead, SpaceX has ambitious plans for 2024, with intentions to launch nearly 150 Falcon missions.