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September 20, 2023 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay.


  • First satellite built in Hong Kong successfully completed
  • This satellite is the first in a proposed 360 satellite constellation for “communications and remote sensing,” with the first launch planned for November. I suspect the Chinese government’s take-over of Hong Kong, including the crushing of freedoms there, includes maintaining close control of this project as well.


No political column from me today. I needed a break.

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  • Doubting Thomas

    The non fuel volume of Starship is approximately the size of ISS. Couple the full scale LIFE module with Starship which would contain the stuff that goes INTO the inflatable module and you have about 2X the size of the ISS in a single launch instead of the 80 launches over 12 years to get ISS built up.

    I still like the idea of a Starship “space station” that goes up for some time, comes back down un-crewed and gets reconfgured for another research mission.

    I also like a Starship that plays the role in real life of the Patrol Rocket Ship (PRS) Randolph training rookie space cadets in Heinlein’s “Space Cadet”. I hope the future gets here before I depart. I guess it depends on the US Fish and Wildlife Department….sigh.

  • Jeff Wright

    Some are not happy until they get us back in the caves again

  • Ray Van Dune

    “I still like the idea of a Starship “space station” that goes up for some time, comes back down un-crewed and gets reconfgured for another research mission.”

    The SLSS, or Single Launch Space Station, is an overdue great idea enabled by Starship! It can linger in low Earth orbit, then take on fuel for lunar trips, and perhaps even land there. Once it is off the surface of the Earth, the sky’s the limit… um, the floor actually!

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