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

Nov 14, 04:28 AM
Image: Starlink constellation, phase 1, first orbital shell: approximately 1,600 satellites at 550 km altitude. Fair use.
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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.