the biggest moments of 2020

2020 was a landmark year for SpaceX. Relive the strongest and most spectacular moments of Elon Musk’s company, which has multiplied launches and debuts in the last 12 months!

Many see the past year as a total annus horribilis but for SpaceXflagship of new spacethe year 2020 was marked by great moments, strong and intense, which make this company founded 20 years ago, a major player in access to satellite space around the world and now the astronauts americans.

SpaceX opens a new chapter in space transport history by relaunching American manned flights!

The United States regains access to space on its own

In fact, one of the highlights of this congratulations ani for SpaceX was the successful launch of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (Crew Demo-2), whose launch put the United States back in the saddle of accessing space on its own.

Everything went smoothly from the launch on May 27 to his return to Earth 64 days latermaking way for Crew-1 who this fallbecame the first crew (five astronauts from NASA and one from Jaxa) to reach the Space Station with an American launchernearly 10 years after the venerable space shuttle’s retirement.

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, at 7:27 pm EST, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon “Resilience” spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Rise of the Starship

Meanwhile, in Boca Chica, Texas, tests took place throughout the year for the prototypes of the ambitious Elon Musk’s Ship, starship. There were hiccups, but that’s part of the game when you develop a pitcher whose long-term ambition (since 2026 ?), is to transport a large number of passengers on the Moon and on Mars, the head of SpaceX knows.

Very cool the summary montage of the suborbital flight of SN8 with several details and unpublished photos.

2020, which is drawing to a close, saw its testing culminate in December with the flight suborbital of the SN8 prototype (see video above). Although it crashed on landing, the spacecraft managed to take its first steps and repositioned itself. A great flight whose lessons will be learned by the teams for the progress of the program. The next one, SN9, is already in place and getting ready for the start. On December 30, a trial cryogenics was successfully performed. 2021 promises to be just as intense for SpaceX, if not more so, because the Super Heavy, which will be equipped with 30 kidnapperscould make an appearance in the space scene.

SpaceX launch record

The company achieved 26 launches in 2020, beating its previous record of 21 launches in 2018. Successes bolstered by successful early-stage launches recoveries hawk 9 for later reuse and the cover.

Successful launch and return of Falcon 9 to 6and times: a record!

Even so, a shadow on the board, especially for a number of earthlings: the growing ballet of the megaconstellation of satellites star link. About half of the launches (14) in 2020 were dedicated to this pimple-giving program and astronomers professionals and amateur astronomers, who see this starry sky – which they love to study, scrutinize and admire – streaked by the passages of this fleet. About 950 are already in orbit and 12,000 others could join them, which is dizzying and irritating.

The year 2021 promises to be exciting in terms of space novelties because, in addition to SpaceX advances, we must witness those of NASA with their SLS heavy hitter (for the Artemis program), Blue Origin, galactic virginfrom China that points to the Moon and Mars… Also in 2021, the launches of the great JWST Space Telescope (finally!) and the long-awaited arrival to Mars of Perseverance, followed by Chinese and Emirati missions soon after.

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