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TechCrunch Space: A week that will go down in history

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch Space. That week! In the same seven-day period, we saw Boeing’s Starliner launch astronauts into space for the first time, and then we got to see those two astronauts dock with the International Space Station. And we also got to see SpaceX launch Starship for the fourth time in its history and then bring it back home. I think I’m not the only one who thinks that some of the most spectacular images in the history of rockets were generated during that flight.

Let’s move on to the news and more on these two historic stories below.

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Story of the week

The story of the week goes to Boeing’s Starliner. After years of delays, around $1.5 billion in cost overruns, and ongoing (yes, ongoing…) technical problems, the Starliner spacecraft delivered two astronauts to the ISS for the first time. Of course, the mission isn’t over yet: After about a week aboard the station, the two astronauts will reboard the Starliner and use it to return home. We will all be looking forward to greeting you.

Boeing’s Starliner approaching the ISS. Image credits: POT
Image credits: POT (Opens in a new window)

Release of the week

SpaceX has proven once again that subjecting rocket hardware to the real-world flight environment pays dividends. In its latest launch, the company achieved a key milestone in its Starship flight test campaign: returning the booster and upper stage to Earth in controlled splashdowns in the ocean. And I must say that the images and video of this release are absolutely Amazing.

what we are reading

Economist Pierre Lionnet took a close look at SpaceX’s finances (which include a lot of assumptions, obviously, because its finances are private) and how Falcon’s low launch costs are tied to Starlink’s profitability and may not be passed on to investors. customers.

Spacex Falcon 9 rocket launches South Korea's Danuri lunar orbiter
Image credits: SpaceX
Image credits: SpaceX

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