Musk: SpaceX will put more than 90% of the world\’s payloads into orbit this year

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday that his satellite launch company will put more than 90% of the world\’s payloads into orbit this year, adding that competitors would be free to copy the company and its products.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that his satellite launch company will put more than 90% of the world\’s payloads into orbit this year, adding that competitors can copy the company and its products at will.
Musk wrote on X: Later this year, SpaceX may put more than 90% of the world\’s payloads into orbit.
Once the starship spacecraft is launched at a high rate, it may exceed 99%.
It has to be this way. Otherwise we can\’t build a city on Mars or a base on the moon.
We hardly apply for patents. So there is nothing to stop competitors from copying us.
Musk was responding to a report from analyst firm Bryce Tech.
The report stated that SpaceX had 31 launches in the first quarter of this year. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation had 9 launches. Roscosmos had 5 launches.
According to the report, SpaceX launched about 429,125 kilograms of spacecraft in the first quarter. This was followed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which launched 29,426 kilograms. While SpaceX’s American competitor United Launch Alliance (ULA) only launched 1,285 kilograms.
ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
Last year, Musk set a goal for SpaceX to put more than 80% of the world\’s payloads into orbit.
The company completed 96 launches last year, a year-on-year increase of 57%. This does not include the two Starship spacecraft test flights.
The company\’s number of launches has been steadily increasing. There were 26 launches in 2020, 31 launches in 2021, and 61 launches in 2022.
The company plans to complete 144 launches this year.
Last week, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell confirmed on X that the company has completed 50 launch missions this year. This does not include the Starship test flight in March.

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