SpaceX just ended 2018 with a bang.
Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company performed its 21st launch of the year on Sunday, Dec. 23, lofting a GPS satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force.
The company didn’t bring its Falcon 9 rocket booster back in for a landing due to the Air Force’s mission requirements. Instead, this brand new rocket was used the old fashioned way and discarded after it performed its duties admirably.
The Sunday launch comes at the end of a full week of scrapped attempts, most of which were the result of unfavorable wind and weather conditions. Read more…