SpaceX is actively working to reach its goal of 100 launches by the end of this year with four launches carrying many different types of payloads coming this week. Additionally, China has continued to upgrade its satellites in orbit with the 150th launch of its Chang Zheng 3B/E rocket.
A Starlink mission started out the week early on Wednesday, launching from SLC-40 with its new crew tower at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS). Then China launched its 150th Chang Zheng 3B/E at Xichang Satellite Launch Center adding another communications satellite to orbit.
Three more Falcon 9 launches end this week, with the first of those being the resupply of the International Space Station with the 29th launch of SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS). This launched from historic pad LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Next was the Transporter 9 rideshare mission launching from pad SLC-4E out of Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB). For the final launch this week, SpaceX launched two O3b mPOWER 5 & 6 for SES out of SLC-40 at CCSFS.