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CBS News By William Harwood 12/30/2022

Closing out a record-setting year, SpaceX launched a $186 million Israeli Earth-imaging satellite early Friday, the California rocket builder's 61st and final Falcon 9 launch of 2022 and its seventh this month, both modern-day records.

Since the rocket's debut in 2010, SpaceX has chalked up 194 Falcon 9 launches overall — 198 including four triple-core Falcon Heavies — putting together a string of 179 straight successful flights since the company's only in-flight failure in 2015.

This year's flight total falls one short of doubling last year's. Even more flights are expected in 2023, including two NASA astronaut ferry flights to the International Space Station, at least two commercial crew flights, two station cargo flights, and the maiden orbital launch of SpaceX's huge Super Heavy/Starship rocket.

"Launch 61 of 2022. Congrats SpaceX!" company founder Elon Musk tweeted.