In case everyone hasn't heard this already, this morning's (for 3/4 of the time zones in the CONUS) SpaceX launch that was going to double the number of successful launches over the next closest rockets was successful, completely by the book and by the numbers, including landing Booster B1061 for its 14th flight and the company's 196th successful recovery of the orbital-class booster.
It was their 8th launch for the month of May. Richard Angle at Teslarati adds:
Coming up next for SpaceX looks to be a busy start of June, there could be up 5 Falcon 9 launches within the first 10 days of the month, however, 4 of those are scheduled to launch from Florida where the weather could play spoiler and would require a very rapid turnaround of the launch pads on the Space Coast. With SpaceX, you can never rule out such a cadence if the weather holds.
I don't have access to a detailed schedule, just NextSpaceflight.com's SpaceX page. That shows only the next three launches have a No Earlier Than (NET) date and only two of three show a time. The page shows 10 launches in June, with all but that first three saying "NET June."
Angle also adds this note about B1061.
Currently, no Falcon 9 has flown more than 15 times but SpaceX is currently in the process of extending the 15 flight certification to 20 as they prove the reusability capabilities of the Falcon 9.
And that's not all. They continue to totally redefine the world’s access to space.
Last night, the Ax-2 crew returned to splashdown near Panama City Beach, Florida, capping their visit to the ISS for Axiom Space. In last Thursday's Rocket Report, Eric Berger added this historical note.
For SpaceX, this was its 10th human space mission since the Demo-2 flight for NASA that launched in May 2020. In less than three years, the company has now put 38 people into orbit. Of these, 26 were professional astronauts from NASA and its international partners, including Russia; eight were on Axiom missions, and four on Jared Isaacman's Inspiration4 orbital free-flyer mission. Isaacman is due to make a second private flight on board Dragon, Polaris Dawn, later this year. In just three years, SpaceX has become the world's most prolific provider of orbital human spaceflight. The company now flies more people into orbit annually than the rest of the world combined.
Dragon Freedom, after splashdown last night (5/30), upper right, next to the recovery
ship with a really photogenic light display on the top of the ship.
I don't believe Dragons are capable of landing on the ships so I don't really
know why the lights are arranged like that - unless they're used for aircraft or
maybe even the Dragon itself to help determine where to aim.
SpaceX photo via Twitter. Just because it's a cool picture.