SpaceX launches 2022 in rocket launches – TechCrunch
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SpaceX flies its first rocket in 2022
Even before the end of the first week of the year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with 49 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida on January 6, marking his first flight of the year. The company appears to plan to quickly keep pace with Falcon 9 flights in 2022, as it gears up for a ridesharing mission as early as January 13, and three more missions scheduled even before the end of the month. .
At the same time, it is also progressing with its preparations for the first orbital test launch of its Starship vehicle, with a test of its launch round this week it showed how the robotic arms of the tower would work by lifting the spaceship on top of the Super Heavy booster which would provide it with the power to go into space. Depending on the approvals, SpaceX may be ready to use this tower for an orbital test around March.
NASA’s new space telescope is ready
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to provide more detailed and distant imagery of galaxies beyond our own than ever before, has completed its latest round of deployments, meaning all parts that were supposed to come together deploy and install after launch were successful then.
The NASA scientists who worked on Webb must breathe a sigh of relief. The telescope only needs to do a few mid-flight thruster burns in order to place it in the correct and intended orbit, then it will be ready to take pictures and send them back for study.
Starlink’s woes in India
Starlink encountered regulatory problems in India after setting up its own subsidiary to operate in the country. The company had to reimburse pre-orders after the government ordered them to stop providing satellite connectivity in the country without a valid license to do so. Elon Musk was once relatively cheeky about his view that Starlink doesn’t necessarily need a license to operate in certain global markets.
Shortly after the refunds were announced, Starlink India frontman Sanjay Bhargava announced he would step down.
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