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DocM    16,536

 

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anthdci    215
11 hours ago, DocM said:
 

seems quite lightweight, around 320kg according to the wiki page on it. No ride sharing to reduce the cost or is size an issue?

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Beittil    575

No, it is the orbit I believe. This payload needs a 0 degree inclination, so SpaceX will have to launch towards the equator and then perform a correction to get to that 0 degrees. That will consume a lot of fuel. 

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DocM    16,536

That and NG's Pegasus KL's enduring launch delays. NASA finally got fed up. 

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DocM    16,536

Wow.... 😵 😙

 

https://www.spacex.com/smallsat

 


SMALLSAT RIDESHARE PROGRAM

DEDICATED AFFORDABLE RIDESHARE TO SUN SYNCHRONOUS ORBIT

DEDICATED ESPA CLASS MISSIONS AS LOW AS $2.25M

SpaceX's SmallSat Rideshare Program will provide small satellite operators with regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare missions to SSO for ESPA class payloads for as low as $2.25M per mission, which includes up to 150 kg of payload mass.

Unlike traditional rideshare opportunities, these missions will not be dependent on a primary. These missions will be pre-scheduled and will not be held up by delays with co-passengers.

For payloads who run into development or production challenges leading up to launch, SpaceX will allow them to apply 100% of monies paid towards the cost of rebooking on a subsequent mission (rebooking fees may apply).

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anthdci    215
33 minutes ago, DocM said:

Wow.... 😵 😙

 

https://www.spacex.com/smallsat

 

 

 

Step towards becoming a delivery/ transport company.

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DocM    16,536
Posted (edited)

So much for the higher estimates of Flight Proven™ booster costs.

 

 

 

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Beittil    575

I think a company like Rocketlab was just in time becoming operational... 

 

The pressure on the likes of Firefly and Virgin Orbit is going to be crushing. 

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Unobscured Vision    2,667

I think what it is is that there are so many Flight Proven boosters that SpaceX needs to put them to use somehow while still making it worthwhile to use them.

 

Falcon Heavy, while effing awesome, is a limited-use case. We all know this. There's also the matter of building/re-purposing Center cores, which is a big effort + cost + time.

 

This is the logical move, and while yes it puts a ton of pressure on the small payload launchers I think it'll force them to continue to innovate ... ;) Think of it this way -- RocketLab's Electron getting the capability to push 1,000 kg uphill would be quite a feat. :yes: That kind of innovation, pushing the limits of efficiency, is what's needed right now. And who knows? Maybe they'll introduce reuse?

 

Companies under the gun tend to find ways to do new things in unique ways. :) 

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DocM    16,536

Ms. Chief !! 😂

 

 

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DocM    16,536

F9/FH are to get Class 3 RUAG fairings, allowing them to fly the largest USAF/NSA satellites.

 

Instead of an 11 meter long internal cavity it would be about 16.5 meters. 

 

Tim Chen is ex-NASA, and currently  the CEO of NerdWallet
 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,667

/evil giggle ....

 

/Dr. Evil laugh ....

 

/Dr. Evil + Evil Organization collective laugh ... 

 

:yes:(Y) :punk:

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Beittil    575
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Except since then he has debunked his own statement and said there probably wasn't an agreement between SpaceX and Ruag

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DocM    16,536
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Yeah, Tory Bruno went on r/SpaceX and waved the 'its our IP' flag.

 

If RUAG were to supply one it'd have to be from a new FL facility. This is unlikely with only 1-2 Class C DoD payloads over the next 7-8 years and Starship in the pipeline.

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Unobscured Vision    2,667

Yeah. I was thinking along those lines too. While insanely awesome as a potential F9/FH option, I found myself wondering "why didn't they go for it sooner?" ...

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DocM    16,536

spacex-starman.jpeg

 

1) Starman has completed his first orbit of the Sun

 

2) 

 

😀

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