Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched for the first time its upgraded Dragon freighter to ISS.
The first stage was flying its fourth flight, and successfully landed on the drone ship in the ocean. This was also SpaceX’s 100th successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, with about two-thirds of those flights using a used first stage.
In the cargo was also the first privately built equipment airlock, built by Nanoracks for its use in launching private payloads. This will supplement the Japanese equipment airlock on its Kibo module, both used to move equipment (not people) in and out ISS. Dragon will dock with ISS tomorrow.
The leaders in the 2020 launch race:
5 Rocket Lab
5 Europe (Arianespace)
The U.S. now leads China 36 to 32 in the national rankings.
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