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I can think of one reason to try to get a Starship Booster into orbit, even stripped of heat tiles, landing legs etc. Such a large hull in orbit could act as a high-capacity supertanker for Starship missions to the Moon and beyond. It could be topped off at a different cadence to Lunar Starship missions - say taking surplus fuel from Starship Starlink ...


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According to Everydayastronaut, most of the co-riding payloads are delivered in their orbits via a "third stage". And in this launch there are actually two of them: SHERPA-FX and SHERPA-LTE. It looks like it is a much more sophisticated delivery than just mechanically unloading a bunch of payloads, or releasing them one by one on the same nominal ...


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Those satellites with their own propulsion will eventually go off and do their own thing, while initially they behave as do the non-propulsive ones. The non-propulsive satellites simply drift along in the exact orbit they were dropped in, with the only change being a very gradual lowering of the orbit due to drag. So, what does this mean for a whole parcel ...


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