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The Earth’s Weird Gravity

Why space flight would be cheaper in Sri Lanka

All things being equal (which they’re not) it would cost SpaceX about $190,000 less to launch from Sri Lanka rather than Florida. Because this region has the weakest gravity in the world.

In school we learned that objects fall at 9.8 m/s², but this is actually a global average (news to me). There’s less gravity at…

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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at

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