Just a week after its last launch, SpaceX is back at it. The 11th mission it’s attempting this year is to send an Earth-observation satellite, lovingly named FORMOSAT-5, into orbit for Taiwan’s space agency. With a successful launch today, SpaceX as a company will tie the entire nation-state of Russia for most launches this year. No, the irony of a private company beating a formerly communist nation at the new space race is not lost on anyone.
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