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How many SpaceX orbital flight attempts do you anticipate in 2023?

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POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« on: 02/19/2023 10:14 pm »
Soo... from the better late than never department. The choices were getting out of hand so went to groups of 5. Should have started before the first of the year, as the first few choices are meaningless, as is the last one. :)

See last year for the rules.

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #1 on: 02/19/2023 10:16 pm »
My rationale. I chose 96-100 because of what Musk said.

twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1564953855384817666

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SpaceX launched its 39th rocket of 2022 last night from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The company has now launched a Falcon 9 every 6.2 days this year, putting them on pace for a total of 55 to 60. I've heard the company's goal is 100 orbital flights next year.

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Yeah, aiming for up to 100 flights next year
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #2 on: 02/19/2023 10:18 pm »
I think the title is a year too early...
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #3 on: 02/19/2023 10:21 pm »
Title is probably wrong, i think it should be 2023

(mod hat on) How about now?
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #4 on: 02/19/2023 11:36 pm »
Falcon and Starlink are mature enough that I expect them to get pretty close to their goal of about 100, but I expect some minor things will go wrong and make them miss a little. I voted 91-95.
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #5 on: 02/19/2023 11:45 pm »
Test to correct the year, if it works I am claiming victory ::)

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #6 on: 02/20/2023 03:56 am »
Test to correct the year, if it works I am claiming victory ::)

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #7 on: 02/22/2023 04:35 pm »
I voted for 101-106 as thatís consistent with the current growth rate from the first bunch of flights this year, according to a fit to an exponential curve.

Öand because I voted 37 last year when they shot for 60 but actually achieved 61.
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #8 on: 02/22/2023 04:36 pm »
Thereís a lot of grouping in the voting here. There should be votes for less than 61 and more than 110, but there arenít any. Obviously they already have 11 flights, but stillÖ a lot can happen both good and bad.

I can see SpaceX doing like 6 flights of Starship, maybe doing a bunch of RTLS flights for other megaconstellations, maybe adding another barge or increasing the barge speed.

I could also see a couple of major failures pushing their flightrate lower than last year. Both things are well within the realm of possibility (5% chance each of either the very good or the very bad scenarios).
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #9 on: 02/22/2023 04:41 pm »
Thereís a lot of grouping in the voting here. There should be votes for less than 61 and more than 111, but there arenít any.
There are a lot of non-SpaceX constraints on the upper end, such as range constraints on the number of launch opportunities. I think the lower bound is based on the assumption that there will be more launches in 2023 than in 2022.

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #10 on: 02/22/2023 04:43 pm »
Thereís a lot of grouping in the voting here. There should be votes for less than 61 and more than 111, but there arenít any.
There are a lot of non-SpaceX constraints on the upper end, such as range constraints on the number of launch opportunities. I think the lower bound is based on the assumption that there will be more launches in 2023 than in 2022.
The range constraints are most certainly not *hard* constraints. These limits have increased in the past and WILL do so in the future as well, maybe even the near future.

And the lower bound is a really bad assumption. Failures happen, and multiple failures can and do happen, as well as unforeseen outside events.
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #11 on: 02/22/2023 07:00 pm »
81-85...

that is my bet....
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #12 on: 02/22/2023 08:25 pm »
Thereís a lot of grouping in the voting here. There should be votes for less than 61 and more than 111, but there arenít any.
There are a lot of non-SpaceX constraints on the upper end, such as range constraints on the number of launch opportunities. I think the lower bound is based on the assumption that there will be more launches in 2023 than in 2022.
The range constraints are most certainly not *hard* constraints. These limits have increased in the past and WILL do so in the future as well, maybe even the near future.

And the lower bound is a really bad assumption. Failures happen, and multiple failures can and do happen, as well as unforeseen outside events.
The problem is that each of these is a single point prediction by a single user, so we should not expect the distribution to reflect the actual predicted distribution of any one user or of any collection of users. Your own personal predicted distribution (longer tails on each end) is not reflected in your single vote. To get an more realistic distribution we would need a different methodology, so you are asking for this poll to provide something it is not designed for.

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #13 on: 02/23/2023 06:25 pm »
@Lar, maybe you should corrected the 101 to 106 choice in the poll to 101 to 105, since the next choice in the poll is 106 to 110.


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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #14 on: 03/23/2023 08:22 pm »
Wow just seen this!
Vote 99
Woops closed! TYVM opened - voted
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #15 on: 03/23/2023 08:42 pm »
@Lar, maybe you should corrected the 101 to 106 choice in the poll to 101 to 105, since the next choice in the poll is 106 to 110.



Fixed, thanks
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #16 on: 03/23/2023 09:49 pm »
Here is my analysis of this year's SpaceX launches poll.
Same method as previous years.  Least squares fit of a Gaussian to the data points.
Adaptation for new groupings-of-five is to use the central value i.e. 83 for the 81 to 85 bracket, etc..
The mean of the Gaussian fit is 91.3, and the arithmetic mean is 89.1.
The Poll does indicates a lack of faith in SpaceX reaching Musk's target of 100 launches.
Only 6 votes were for more than 100 launches.
On the other hand, the least number voted for was the low 60's, so none of us expect SpaceX to launch fewer time in 2023 than they did in 2022. 
Again, the voting was brisk at the start, slowed after 2 days, then dropped to a trickle.
The concensus formed early and the few votes after that, including a small number of votes that were held until close to the end, didn't make a big difference.
FWIW There seemed to be a slight preference for the "even" fives, N6-N0 vs "odd" fives, N1-N5, like there was preference for even numbers in previous polls. ;)

edit: repost with fixed graph lables
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #17 on: 03/24/2023 09:42 pm »
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20 launches done, 70+ for rest of year

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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #18 on: 04/05/2023 01:35 pm »
I think SpaceX will crush the crowdsourced average. Maybe not as bad as last year, but I think theyíll get over 100.
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Re: POLL: Number of SpaceX orbital flights in 2023
« Reply #19 on: 04/08/2023 12:28 am »
I picked 71-75, but I'll likely be wrong unless they finally have the inevitable hiccup this year.  80-85 might have been a better guess.

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