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Russia launches radar imaging satellite

Russia today used its Soyuz-2 rocket to place into orbit a radar imaging satellite, lifting off from its Vostochny spaceport in the far east.

The leaders in the 2023 launch race:

34 SpaceX
19 China
8 Russia
5 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise still leads China 39 to 19 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 39 to 34.

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  • tregonsee314

    And looking at that American flight list ~7/8 of it is SpaceX. Oh and by the way they are equal with the rest of the world. Love or hate SpaceX you have to admit that is DARNED impressive. If NASA would take the thumb out of its backside and hand the 5 Billion for SLS to SpaceX and get the FAA of its way we might see a moon base by the end of the decade. But the odds of that under the current administration is effectively 0. And given SLS provides fodder to all sorts of congressional districts even IF we change the administration the odds of that happening are about the same of a paper dog surviving at the source of an X class flare.

  • tregonsee 314: You should check my page again. SpaceX did another launch today, and now leads the rest of the world combined, excluding other American companies.

  • tregonsee314

    I do check it from time to time and I appreciate your information and this blog iun general. It is clear that NASA (particularly under this administration, but even before to some degree) doesn’t want to yield control and go back to being something like NACA. I’d like to see competition on the rocket but Blue Origin doesn’t seem serious with getting New Glenn as BE-4 is still languishing. Boeing cant get out of its own way on Starliner and in the long run if it rides Vulcan it also needs the BE-4. Starship is a gutsy move by SpaceX and it would be a major game changer. With the FAA (and EPA?) fighting tooth and nail though it will be hard to test the way SpaceX did it with Falcon 9.

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