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    New Rockets, More Spacecraft to Take Flight in 2023 from Space Coast

    New Rockets, More Spacecraft to Take Flight in 2023 from Space Coast

    It's slated to be a busy year of rocket launches from the Space Coast with a pace that could introduce some names and set new records.

    Launch pads at both Kennedy Space Center and Cape Space Force Station have been hitting a pace of more than one launch a week, finishing up 2022 with 57 rockets that made it to space.

    That pace could be in line to nearly double as more launch service providers set up shop in Brevard County, said Frank DiBello, President and of Space Florida, the state's aerospace economic development agency.

    “How many can we sustain? We're building and investing, not just us alone, but the Space Force and NASA,” he said. “And commercial contractors are investing in infrastructure that should be able to support 100 launches a year. That was our . I think we want the capability to be able to do two, two-plus a week.”

    A big chunk of that will come from SpaceX, which continues to roll out its Falcon 9 rockets like dominoes, but 2023 should also treat the Space Coast to several appearances of the powerhouse Falcon Heavy.

    While NASA's Space Launch System rocket grabbed headlines in November launching Orion to the moon for the Artemis I mission, it won't launch again until at least 2024, so the next best thing for sheer power from a Space Coast launch comes courtesy of Falcon Heavy, which to date has only flown four times.

    One of the treats to watching it go up, though,…

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