Capitalism in space: Using a Russian-built Soyuz rocket, Arianespace today successfully launched the first set of six OneWeb communications satellites.
This is the first of 21 Soyuz launches to put the entire OneWeb constellation into orbit. OneWeb also has launch contracts with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne.
The 2019 launch standings:
2 Europe (Arianespace)
It could be argued that this Soyuz launch should be placed under Russia. I place it under Europe because they are the one’s who signed the contract.
The U.S. now leads China and Europe 3-2 in the national rankings.
From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.
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