The industrialisation of space

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The Bangkok Post

It will be a bumper year for big space launches to the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, including many manned flights, but the real shocker is the number of satellites and spaceships being launched by private companies. Never mind Elon Musk’s twelve-thousand-small-satellite Starlink programme, which is already becoming a traffic hazard after only 1,892 satellites have been launched, sixty at a time. (The Chinese have lodged a complaint.) There are 39 other companies in 11 different countries whose vehicles are scheduled to make their maiden flights this year. There’s “Blue Whale 1” from Perigee Aero…

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