Both India and Russia today successfully launched satellites into orbit.
For India it was their first launch in 2021. Their PSLV rocket put into orbit a Brazillian satellite for studying Earth resources. The launch also included 18 other cubesats.
Russia in turn used its Soyuz-2 rocket to launch a new generation weather satellite for studying that country’s remote Arctic regions.
SpaceX had also planned another Starlink launch but aborted the countdown with just over a minute to go. They plan to try again tomorrow.
The 2021 launch race:
1 Rocket Lab
1 Virgin Orbit
1 Northrop Grumman
The U.S. still leads China 8 to 4 in the national rankings.
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