Brilliant Starlink. NASA chutes sort of work; overall costs: how much ya got? Robert Zimmerman

Nov 14, 2019, 04:28 AM
Image: Starlink constellation, phase 1, first orbital shell: approximately 1,600 satellites at 550 km altitude. Fair use.
Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack,com, on the  Boeing Starliner. On the cold war between governmental and private space. NASA needs crew capsules to take astronauts to ISS; Boeing and SpaceX are both getting close to manned missions.  Boeing completed its parachute test: simulated what would happen if the rocket below was having a problem; it worked — except: of the three main parachutes, only one deployed.  NASA is nonetheless content . . .  Meanwhile, commercial space is led by the successes of SpaceX.  Starlink is a gigantic network to provide global Internet.  Launched 60 satellites. The fairing was recovered and successfully re-used; has recovered 70% of its rocket.

Boeing and Gateway. SLS costs $2 billion, compared with $100 mil for commercial.