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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Low Earth Orbit from your backyard? (startup Vector Space Systems)


It's great to see innovation and competition in space launch technology. These small launchers from startup Vector Space Systems can put 50-100kg payloads (e.g., micro satellites) into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for $2-3 million.

There are obvious military applications for the rapid placement (or replacement) of satellites. For example, see A2AD Fait Accompli? Commercial applications are relatively unexplored but are becoming feasible now.



Tucson Pathfinder from Jim Cantrell on Vimeo.


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