Launches from around the world remained about the same during the third quarter of 2021. Does that mean the spacecraft deployed also stayed level?
The last post, “Spacecraft Deployments, SpaceX Activities, What Pandemic?” contained quite a few numbers--mainly to do with satellite costs, manufacturing rates, and deployment shares. A part of the article’s focus was to provide a possible reason for why SpaceX might be launching another 60 Starlink satellites during a pandemic. The proposed broadband service provided by… Continue reading Sharing: Money, Missions, Influence
In about mid-March 2020, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with a payload of 60 Starlink satellites. The first stage of the Falcon 9 had been launched four times before, making the March launch the fifth one for that stage--a first for SpaceX. The commercial mission was successful with the Falcon 9's upper stage flinging off… Continue reading Spacecraft Deployments, SpaceX Activities, What Pandemic?