SpaceX and Arianespace complete successful launches


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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.

 
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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:

12 Russia
11 China
10 SpaceX
6 Europe (Arianespace)
4 India

The U.S. now leads Russia 16 to 12 in the national rankings.

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3 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    A better comparison might be Big Space to Big Space. Roscosmos 12, ULA + NGIS (Old ATK) 3
    I’d argue that SpaceX (10) and Rocket Lab (3) are their own category of Commercial (Private) Space

  • Well technically, it’s Ms. Tree pronounced Mystery.

  • geoffc

    I am hoping that SpaceX can find Mr Tree, so that Ms Tree and Mr Tree can get together and catch fairings as a team.

    (Ms Tree is Mr Steven renamed after ownership was transferred to the company that runs all of SpaceX current fleet).

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