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SpaceX completes 31st launch in 2022, matching its entire output in 2021

Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched 53 Starlink satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket, completing its 31st launch in 2022, matching the company’s entire output for all 2021 in only a little more than six months.

The first stage completed its 13th mission.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

31 Space
23 China
9 Russia
5 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads China 44 to 23 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 44 to 39.

SpaceX is targeting 60 launches in 2022. With the year just a little more than half over, it is setting a pace capable of achieving that goal.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • sippin_bourbon

    Good Sir…
    Minor typo?
    “American private enterprise now leads China 44 to 31…”

  • Thank you sippin_bourbon. Fixed.

  • Ray Van Dune

    By my recollection this is the third Falcon 9 booster to complete 13 launch and landings. Nobody else has done even one of an orbital class rocket, and nobody else is even working on developing the capability, other than perhaps at the intentional / conceptual level! Amazing.

  • David K

    I watched this with my 3 year old today. He thought the launch and view of space was cool but he thought the landing was boring.

    “Daddy after it lands, do you have to wait for the seatbelt sign to turn off before you can get up? What if you have to go potty?”

    It is really good to see these landings so routine that they are starting to get boring

  • Jay

    China is making a blatant knockoff of the Falcon-9 called the Nebula-1 under the “company” name DeepBlue. Recently they completed their 20th design of a reusable engine called the Thunder R-1. Take a look at their design online, it also uses nine of these Thunder R-1 engines, and they want to do their first test by the end of 2023.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Ray, RocketLab is developing Neutron, from the ground up, as re-usable, as well as converting electron for re-use.

    Neutron is rather interesting as it has several ideas not tried before, with some “out of the box” thinking going into the design.

    I am really wanting to see if they can make it work, or if they will have to revert to more conventional design.

  • Jeff Wright

    Still no OTRAG or Sea Dragon though. Pressure feds get no love.

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