Will the smallsat community get charged up by Electron? | NewSpace Journal


It seems like hardly a week goes by this summer without another smallsat launch venture announcing their plans. That’s an exaggeration, but only a mild one. In early July, Firefly Space Systems announced Firefly Alpha, a vehicle designed to place up to 400 kilograms into low Earth orbit (LEO) for $8–9 million. At the NewSpace 2014 conference last week, CubeCab, a company that plans to develop an air-launch system for individual CubeSats, won the $20,000 first prize in the Lightning Pitch competition.

 

Now a company based in both New Zealand and the United Stated is joining the fray. Rocket Lab Ltd. announced plans Tuesday for Electron, a smallsat launcher designed to place 110 kilograms into a 500-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit for $4.9 million.

Source: www.newspacejournal.com

The CubeSat business is really catching on with more independent companies expressing the desire to orbit small satellite payloads at relatively cheap prices.  The latest company to enter the game is Rocket Lab, Ltd, a company based in the United States and in New Zealand.  The company has announced plans for "Electron, a smallsat launcher designed to place 110 kilograms into a 500-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit for $4.9 million."  The cost of launching these small communications and educational satellites should come down as more companies invest in private space ventures.  Perhaps AMSAT has already planned for such opportunities….I surely hope so.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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