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Russia launches GPS satellite

Using their Soyuz 2 rocket Russia today successfully launched a new Glonass satellite for providing GPS service to their nation.

The leaders in the 2018 launch standings:

17 China
11 SpaceX
7 Russia
5 ULA
4 Japan

The U.S. and China remain tied at 17 in the national rankings.

Pioneer cover

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.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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3 comments

  • Willi

    An improved(?) launch standings list:
    USA 17
    SpaceX 11
    ULA 5
    Orbital ATK(?) 1
    China 17
    Russia 7
    Japan 4

  • Willi

    Uh, oh, the indenting I wrote for the three items under the USA entry were erased by being posted.

  • Willi: This works, but once again, my goal here is partly to illustrate how American competition and freedom results in success. We have two companies competing very successfully with numerous other nations, and beating them.

    Give it a few more years, and there will be many more nations beating the pants off the Russians, Chinese, and Europeans.

    Freedom always wins. Always.

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