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SpaceX Sets Record for Launch Cadence with 3 Launches in 12 Days

6 Jul 2017, 14:26 UTC
SpaceX Sets Record for Launch Cadence with 3 Launches in 12 Days
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: At 7:37 PM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, SpaceX launched Intelsat-35e to orbit from Pad 39a. This was the third launch in 12 days, 4 hours, and 20 minutes. In particular, the ability to launch two rockets from Pad 39a in 12 days is unprecedented and shows that SpaceX has assembly capability that far surpasses their competitors at United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Launching from Both Coasts
On June 23, 2017 at 15:16, SpaceX launched BulgariaSat from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 49 hours and 8 minutes later, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 carrying 10 Iridium satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California at 16:25 EDT on June 25, 2017. This is not a record for the U.S. Space Industry: On June 23 1960, two Atlas D rockets were launched on the same day: one at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida and one at VAFB in California. In recent history, Boeing launched an Atlas II from CCAFS and VAFB on November 5 and November 8, 1997 for a 3-day gap from two different launch sites. ULA’s record for the Atlas V from two coasts is a 12-day gap: TDRS-K launched from CCAFS on ...

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