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SpaceX launches an Inmarsat communications satellite

SpaceX tonight used its Falcon 9 rocket to launch an Inmarsat communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This was SpaceX’s second launch today. The first stage successfully landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic, completing its third flight. Both fairings were also previously flown.

The 2023 launch race:

12 SpaceX
5 China
2 Russia
1 Rocket Lab
1 Japan
1 India

American private enterprise now leads China 13 to 5 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 13 to 9. By itself SpaceX leads the world combined 12 to 9.

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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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  • Simon Mytton

    Robert, thanks for taking up my suggestion of including this new comparison. I’m not sure if you were considering it anyway but it’s great to see it. I believe the comparison should be 12 to 10 (Got to at least give everyone else a chance of matching SpaceX ;) ).

  • wayne

    ->Amazing stuff. This never gets old!

  • Richard M

    They’re on pace for 91 launches for the year now, without even counting in any possible Starship launches.

    Just amazing. They make it look so easy.

  • Jay

    99 consecutive landings… it’s incredible!

  • wayne

    Nothing succeeds like success!

    Techie question:
    At staging, approximately how far apart are the 1st & 2nd stages when the 2nd stage lights up?
    And what is the actual time between 1st stage cut off and 2nd stage start?

    “SpaceX rocket staging seen in awesome tracking camera view.”
    January 31, 2022 Launch
    (this is very good film, and includes fairing jettison at approximately the 4:10 mark)

  • Gary

    Just took a look at the LabPadre site and it notes “possible” road closures Feb 21-24. Sometimes a signal for major activity.

  • Jeff Wright

    Imar… immer…In-Mar-sat…whew.

  • Star Bird

    Its been a long time since we sent up Telstar Explorer 1 discovered the Van Alan Radiation around the Earth and Vanguard is still up there

  • wayne

    The Tornados
    “Telstar” (1962)

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