A small step for rockets, a giant leap for people into small rockets
Very interesting article, of course the other side of the market is those customers who can't or won't launch on a US vehicle for either country of origin issues or commerical preference, that opens up a different market and then of course there is in-orbit manufacturing which is yet to manifest as a new market but has high potential.
Awesome write up! What kinds of interesting things are gonna go up in these smaller payloads as prices come down?
Interesting stuff. Question about the Cosmic Girl / LauncherOne scenario: What precautions do they take to prevent the very inconvenient possibility that the rocket, once fired up, will collide with the plane? Do they just rely on physics, trajectories, and momentum, or is there some active collision prevention?
As always, a very well written article that helps me get a deep dive into the space industry despite me entering with very little knowledge of the topic. Miniaturized satellites seems like a fantastic development and is somewhat mind-blowing, but also raises questions for me about detectability. Would it be easier for potentially hostile players to disguise powerful miniature satellites as though they are simply space debris? Either way, love the article and interesting read!!