China yesterday used its Long March 3B rocket to place a military communications satellite into orbit.
No word on whether this first stage or strap-on boosters lander near any residential communities.
The 2021 launch race:
1 Rocket Lab
1 Virgin Orbit
The U.S. still leads China 6 to 3 in the national rankings. SpaceX’s had planned to do another Starlink launch this morning but has rescheduled it for the weekend.
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