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SpaceX launches 59 smallsats and tugs into orbit

Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched 59 smallsats and orbital tugs using its Falcon 9 rocket.

The first stage successfully completed its eighth flight, landing at Cape Canaveral. As I write this the upper stage is in the several hour-plus process of deploying the payloads.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

22 SpaceX
16 China
7 Russia
3 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads China 31 to 16 in the national rankings, and the entire rest of the world combined 31 to 26.

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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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  • JhonB

    Well, after waiting over a year I have decided to cancel my reservations for StarLink. If I had an RV, I could sign up today and get it delivered in a week. But since I am a homeowner, no such luck. But maybe it has something to do with the fact that they charge a lot more for RV’s? Who knows. I really did not have a dire need for this as I have comcast which has been delivering me internet with blazing speeds for much less than what Starlink would charge me. I wanted this mostly because I hate comcast. I have been forced to use them most of my life. When everything worked, everything was great, but when you had a problem and you needed service, it was just like taking two red hot butter knives and sticking them into your eyes.
    Fortunately I have not had little issues with them in the past few years and my feelings have softened.
    Good luck Elon, and for those of you in the boondocks, this will be a great service for you. But I guess not for me.

  • Chris

    Hi Bob,

    Can you expand on the “tugs” part of this story?

  • Chris: Do a search on BtB for “tugs” and “orbital.”

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