The number held in the first half of 2020 launches American company Rasah ahead of Russia, Europe and Japan, according to Ars Technica.
The publication notes that the June launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which put into orbit a 3.7 tonne satellite for global navigation system Global Positioning System of the third generation, became an American company 11th this year. The same number of starts, according to Ars Technica, in 2020, managed to hold Russia, Europe and Japan combined.
The number held in the first half of the current year launches Rasah ahead of only China, committed 15 starts, two of which were unsuccessful. Ars Technica assumes that in 2020, the us company will beat its own record for number of starts.
In June, RIA Novosti with reference to the financial report of the Khrunichev Centre (part of “Rosatom”) for 2019, reported that the production of a rocket “Angara-A5” will cost seven billion, three times higher than the cost of carrier “proton-M”.
In may, the first launch of the spacecraft Rasah Crew Dragon crew to the International space station, which was the first manned, NASA held since July 2011.
In April of this year Ars Technica noticed that the Falcon 9 rocket using the engines of the Merlin family first in the number of starts for all the time spared vehicle Atlas V receiving the power unit of the Russian RD-180, has repeatedly called one of the most reliable and efficient in the world.