SpaceX Ride Share Demand Takes Off

Read that second paragraph below. SpaceX is supposed to go through with an IPO in 2025. But they are having problems now with the FCC over Starlink bandwidth and the FTC is hosting many complaints from existing Starlink accounts. They recently raised prices as well for rural customers to $100+. (But you don’t hear complainst from the Ukrainians.) Interesting how this is playing out.

Reuters headline: Northrop buys trio of SpaceX launches as it upgrades Antares rocket…

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) has signed a launch deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to send three cargo missions to the International Space Station while the company builds an upgraded version of its workhorse Antares rocket, a Northrop spokeswoman said on Monday.

The launch agreement with SpaceX coincides with Northrop climbing out of a months-long predicament with its workhorse Antares rocket, whose Russian-made engines were cut off from the United States in March by Moscow in retaliation for Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

Yahoo/Business Insider headline: SpaceX will launch top secret US spy satellites with the reusable

Sub-headline: Falcon Heavy rocket now that it’s received Space Force approval, report says
Kate Duffy

Fri, August 12, 2022 at 7:01 AM·2 min read…

:pushpin: The US Space Force approved SpaceX to launch spy satellites on the Falcon Heavy rocket, per Bloomberg.

:pushpin: Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful rocket and has three reusable boosters.

:pushpin: The Space Force told Bloomberg the first launch will be between October and December.

SpaceX has received approval from the US Space Force to launch top secret spy satellites with its reusable Falcon Heavy rocket, Bloomberg first reported.

The launches will come under the National Security Space Launch mission, the Space Force told Bloomberg in a statement. The first Falcon Heavy launch is expected to go ahead between October and December and will send a satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office — an agency that builds and operates spy satellites, the Space Force said, per Bloomberg.

The Space Force said in the statement sent to Bloomberg that it found the “recovery, refurbishment, and launch of SpaceX boosters utilizes well-established processes.”

An interesting youtube video titled: What Scientists Really Think Of SpaceX Starship will blow your mind!