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SpaceX launches another 52 Starlink satellites

Capitalism in space: SpaceX this afternoon successfully completed its second Falcon 9 launch of the day, placing 52 Starlink satellites into orbit from Vandenberg..

The seven hour gap between launches was a record for the shortest time between two SpaceX launches. The first stage landed successfully on a drone ship in the Pacific, completing its fifth flight.

The leaders in the 2022 launch race:

45 SpaceX
41 China
12 Russia
7 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise now leads China 64 to 41 in the national rankings, and the entire world combined 64 to 61. The U.S. total, 64, ties the total from 1965, the second most active year in American rocketry. The record of 70 successful launches, set in 1966, will almost certainly be broken sometime in the next month.

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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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  • Richard M

    SpaceX is just a machine now. A relentless, merciless, utterly efficient machine.

    Block 5 Falcon 9 is now a perfect 123 success in 123 launches. I cannot think of another launcher which has reached this number of launches without even a partial failure. Let alone *landed* most of their stages.

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “The seven hour gap between launches was a record for the shortest time between two SpaceX launches.

    Half a decade ago, ULA bragged that they were able to launch with a six-day gap between launches, also on opposite coasts. They haven’t repeated that accomplishment since. SpaceX has since made multiple launches in a week almost routine. A few weeks ago, SpaceX launched three Falcon 9s during one weekend. Now they are able to do two before the sun sets. SpaceX has done much to advance the state of the art.

    Reusability, rather than manufacturing capability, has made such a high cadence practicable, and the low cost of launch has made it practical.

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