# Mass Value Report for March

### A quick breakdown of where we are as species, in terms of mass-to-orbit

Today I’m attempting a new format. I want to produce a data driven newsletter at the end of the month, and have the rest of my articles interspersed between them. The idea is to produce a constantly updating overview of the state of space. The analyses here are going to be a work in progress for a while, and you should see refinement as time goes on.

For this month, I’ll be focusing on SpaceX Falcon 9 launches. I’ve previously done some analysis on the total mass delivered by this rocket, and reuse rates, and since there there has been more launch data to study.

## Growth Rate

Looking at Falcon 9 launches up until the end of March, I have remade the plot of mass-to-orbit capability of the rocket that I previously published in October.

To calculate this mass I am not for the moment using the actual payloads of flown rockets - just assuming all have the same median payload which I take to be 13 tonnes. This is just to keep things simple for now; I’m going to be refining this estimate each mont…

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