SpaceX to Almost Monopolize Space Payload

Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO, outlined the projected global payload distribution for the year. SpaceX aims for 80% of orbital mass, China at 10%, and the rest of the world at 10%.

In the second quarter, SpaceX sent 214,095 kg of spacecraft upmass, while China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) launched 23,069 kg.

Musk first revealed the 80% payload goal as early as March this year. "Provided there is no serious launch anomaly, SpaceX will deliver 80% of Earth’s payload to orbit this year,” Musk then said.

In a June interview with author Ashlee Vance, Musk shared that he doesn't emphasize competition, instead directing his focus towards rockets and Starlink.

In 2020, SpaceX launched 26 rockets, rising to 31 in 2021, and doubling to 61 launches in the following year. The company aims for over 90 launches this year.

Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, was only able to send 8,100 kgs to space while the China National Space Administration was able to send 8,082 kgs.

The rest of the payload was divided into other entities and countries with Arianespace sending 5,963 kg and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) sending 5,000 kgs.