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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

Capitalism in space: SpaceX last night successfully launched sixty more Starlink satellites, while also recovering the first stage during its eighth flight.

This is the second booster that has successfully completed eight flights. Its flight back to the drone ship appeared entirely routine, though SpaceX provided no footage of that return.

The 2021 launch race:

6 SpaceX
4 China
3 Russia
1 Rocket Lab
1 Virgin Orbit
1 Northrop Grumman
1 India

The U.S. now leads China 9 to 4 in the national rankings.

Pioneer cover

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.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • JhonB

    I live in SW Florida and I signed up for starlink months ago. Last week I got an email telling me they are comming to my area and I can send them a 99 dollar deposit and get in line for equipment. They said they are comming my way mid to late 2021. So I sent in the money, as it is fully refundable. (Also if I go through with it, the 500 bucks is fully refundable within 30 days. They also said there could be service interruptions as they expand which worries me as well. I am not sure if I will follow through with it as currently, I get speeds in the mid 400’s from Comcast for less than 99 bucks a month Starlink will charge. I will see what speeds people are getting at the time and decide then. I want at least 200 in order to switch. I don’t mind paying more because I really really hate Comcast. They are the most horrible company in the world. And when we colonize mars, they will be the most horrible company in the universe. I can’t wait to cancel them and rip the orange wire from my front lawn.

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