Major Roadblock to High Flight Tempo: The Range

Looks like a fire in one of the downrange RADAR units has shut down the range for a couple flights, including SpaceX’s next station delivery and booster return demonstration. This is something that has to get fixed if we’re going to increase our number of flights. Ranges have settled in to a leisurely flight rate (though for sure it doesn’t feel that way when a couple missions stack up, I’m sure), and some of their infrastructure is decades old. I’m pretty sure it’s something that won’t be released from government control, though, just like air traffic control remains a governmental function.

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