While SpaceX is benefiting from the unavailability and congestion of the manifestos of all competing launchers to garner new contracts, including from its competitors, Elon Musk’s firm is continuing its fundraising. However, it must also deal with regulatory and financial setbacks, including the loss of a grant of nearly $900 million.
SpaceX continues its fundraising to finance its pharaonic Starship giant shuttle and Starlink constellation programs. Between July 20 and August 5, Elon Musk’s firm managed to raise $250 million, which is in addition to the $1.725 billion already raised between May 27 and June 30, i.e. $1.975 billion since the start of the campaign. ‘year. In 2021, SpaceX had raised $1.85 billion in three rounds, and $2.25 billion in two rounds in 2020.
This new fundraiser was carried out while SpaceX is carrying out Starlink launches at an unprecedented rate: 15 launches in the first half of the year, and five more in July alone, followed by two during the first half of August! With these latest launches, the bar of 3,000 Starlink satellites put into orbit since May 2019 has been crossed (3,021 to be precise). However, at least 228 have already fallen back into the atmosphere.
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