Please consider donating by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below.
Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:
If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
Cortaro, AZ 85652
You can also support me by buying one of my books, as noted in the boxes interspersed throughout the webpage. And if you buy the books through the ebookit links, I get a larger cut and I get it sooner.
Today, as I was giving my lecture in Denver, both Arianespace and SpaceX successfully completed launches.
SpaceX put a commercial communications satellite in orbit. The first stage was not recovered, but this was intended. The company however was successful in catching one half fairing in the giant net of its recovery ship Mrs. Tree., the second time they have done so.
Arianespace used its Ariane 5 rocket to launch a commercial communications satellite and a European Space Agency data relay satellite.
The leaders in the 2019 launch race:
6 Europe (Arianespace)
The U.S. now leads Russia 16 to 12 in the national rankings.