SpaceX successfully launches GPS satellite for Space Force


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched its first satellite for the Space Force, a GPS satellite.

It also successfully landed the first stage, which was on its first flight. This was also the 88th flight of the Falcon 9 since its inception in 2010, which now makes it the rocket with the most launches of any U.S. operational rocket, bypassing ULA’s Atlas 5, and doing it in about half the time.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

13 China
10 SpaceX
7 Russia
3 ULA

The U.S. now leads China 16 to 13 in the national rankings.

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3 comments

  • Rose

    A friend of mine down in Vero Beach (about 60 miles south of the Cape) steps out to watch each launch, but couldn’t see this one because of haze from the “Saharan Gorilla Dust Storm”.

  • Chris Lopes

    Wow, 88 flights. SpaceX still feels like a brand company, but it’s doing things that only a mature company should be able to do. Amazing.

  • Patrick Underwood

    Your assertion of 88 successful flights is TOTALLY FALSE. It is only the 87th.

    (Hey, just following the rules established by The Washington Post)

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