SpaceX has fun in Russia and launches Starlink Internet satellite from Florida

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket pushed the company’s latest batch of Starlink Internet satellites into low earth orbit on Wednesday, but not before launch engineers enjoyed Russia’s recent comments on US spacecraft.

“It’s time to fly the American broom and hear the sound of freedom,” SpaceX launch engineer Julia Black said shortly before taking off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at 8:45 EST. “The launch director is heading for launch.”

The rocket successfully put 48 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit and then landed. Just read the instructions The drone will ship in a few minutes. This marked the booster’s fourth flight so far.

Broom comments were received after Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space company Roscosmos, continued to attack US space businesses and companies on social media and interviews.

“In this situation, we can’t supply the United States with the best rocket engines in the world. Let them fly other things like broomsticks, I don’t know what,” Rogozin said last week in Russia. Said on TV.

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Some American-made rockets, such as the United Launch Alliance Atlas V, use the Russian RD-180 main engine, but those that fly with domestic propulsion, such as the SpaceX Falcon 9. There is also.

Rogozin’s latest comment is based on a similar statement he made in 2014. When the United States announced sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, Rogozin famously said NASA astronauts could launch on the ISS on a trampoline. He retired from the Space Shuttle three years ago.

However, since 2020, SpaceX has launched a crew mission to the International Space Station, with comments such as “The trampoline is working!” By founder Elon Musk.

Meanwhile, at the next launch of the Space Coast, a team of four civilians will be seen flying to the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Takeoff from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A is targeted for EST at 2:36 pm on Wednesday, March 30.

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