SpaceX offers new cut-rate prices for smallsats


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX yesterday announced that the company is now offering new cut-rate prices to launch smallsats on its rockets.

The company is offering rideshare opportunities for satellites weighing up to 150kg at the price of $2.25 million. The rideshare-only missions, flying aboard the company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, will launch at regularly scheduled intervals. “SpaceX is committed to serving the commercial market as it grows and changes,” a spokesperson for the company said. “And we believe we can address the needs of small satellite operators by offering reliable, cost-effective access to orbit through regularly scheduled, dedicated rideshare missions.”

The company has previously flown rideshare missions using its Falcon 9 rocket, but those flights were organized and integrated by a third-party provider, Spaceflight Industries. Now SpaceX will do all of that work directly for customers

This move makes SpaceX’s smallsat prices very competitive. It also makes it easier for smallsat companies to bypass China’s semi-private commercial companies, thus avoiding the risk of China stealing their technology.

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3 comments

  • Andrew_W

    Rocket Lab is making Ekectron re-usable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joONWIGtcdY

  • Edward

    Andrew_W,
    That is good news. I like that they take advantage of the small size of the rocket to recover it in a way different from SpaceX. It saves quite a bit of learning curve, and they may be able to do this soon. On the other hand, if they are wrong about their reentry solution, they may take a while to make it work.

    Of course, the advantage is lower costs to their customers, better competitive advantage, and higher profits for future development.

    SpaceX, watch out. The competition seems to be here already.

  • Remember the ‘Golden Age of Aviation’? I wasn’t around, but we get to experience it in a new way.

    Watching the recovery sim, I recalled Tom Hanks line from “Apollo 13” during stage separation: “You’re going to feel a little jolt.”

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