Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched an oceanography satellite using its Falcon 9 rocket from the company’s California launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base..
The first stage, making its first flight, successfully landed on the drone ship in the Pacific.
This was also SpaceX’s 21st successful launch in 2020, tying their record from 2018 for the most launches in a single year by a private company, ever. That record should be broken tomorrow, with their next Starlink launch.
The leaders in the 2020 launch race:
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The U.S. now leads China 34 to 30 in the national rankings.