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DocM, July 19, 2017 in Science Discussion & News
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?
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.
That and NG's Pegasus KL's enduring launch delays. NASA finally got fed up.
Wow.... 😵 😙
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).
33 minutes ago, DocM said:
Wow.... 😵 😙
Wow.... 😵 😙
Step towards becoming a delivery/ transport company.
So much for the higher estimates of Flight Proven™ booster costs.
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.
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. 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.
Ms. Chief !! 😂
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
/evil giggle ....
/Dr. Evil laugh ....
/Dr. Evil + Evil Organization collective laugh ...
Except since then he has debunked his own statement and said there probably wasn't an agreement between SpaceX and Ruag
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.
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?" ...
1) Starman has completed his first orbit of the Sun
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