SpaceX successfully launches 60 Starlink satellites


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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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Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched 60 more satellites in its Starlink internet satellites, while also reusing for the first time a Falcon first stage for a fourth time, reusing a fairing for the first time. The first stage successfully completed a barge landing. No word on whether they were able to recover the fairings.

I have embedded the replay of the live stream below the fold. They now have proved the capability of recovering and reusing 70% of their rocket.

The leaders in the 2019 launch race:

22 China
17 Russia
11 SpaceX
6 Europe (Arianespace)

The U.S. now leads China 23 to 22 in the national rankings.

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4 comments

  • Diane Wilson

    Watching those landings never gets old!

  • Lee S

    50 successful launches on the run….. Superb!!

  • Richard M

    And with just 2 launches, SpaceX now has the largest satellite constellation now working.

  • mpthompson

    It’s my understanding from other forums that the seas were too rough to attempt to recover the fairings and the ships were called back to port. This was to prevent damage to the arms that support the nets, rather than risk a costly repair. It would be cool to see SpaceX re-use fairings that are fished out of the sea as they should be better able to assess and absorb the risk of re-using them with their own launches. I wouldn’t be surprised to seem such an attempt in the future.

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