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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted the company’s latest batch of Starlink’s online satellites into low Earth orbit on Wednesday, but not before launch engineers mocked recent Russian comments on US spacecraft.
“It’s time to let the American broomstick fly and listen to the sounds of freedom,” SpaceX launch engineer Julia Black said before 8:45 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. “The launch manager is going for the launch.”
The rocket successfully launched 48 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit, and then returned to Earth Just read the instructions Unmanned ship a few minutes later. This was the fourth trip so far.
Broom’s comments came after Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space company Roscosmos, continued to attack US space operations and companies on social media and in interviews.
“In such a situation we cannot provide the United States with the best missile engines in the world. Let them fly on something else like broomsticks, I don’t know what,” Rogozin said on Russian television last week.
Some US-made missiles, such as United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V, use Russia’s RD-180 main engines, but others, such as SpaceX’s Falcon 9, fly with domestic propulsion.
Rogozin’s recent comments were based on similar statements he made in 2014. When the United States announced sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, Rogozin famously said that NASA astronauts could blast off to the International Space Station on a trampoline since there was no American-made vehicle. able to do the job; The space shuttle was retired three years ago.
But since 2020, SpaceX has launched four manned missions to the International Space Station, and its founder, pioneer Elon Musk, has made comments like: “The trampoline is working!”
Meanwhile, the next launch of the Space Coast will see a team of four private passengers fly to the International Space Station in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center’s Platform 39A is scheduled for 2:36 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 30.
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