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A New Rocket Company Is Offering an Affordable SpaceX Alternative

Rocket Lab has announced a 10 day test period beginning May 21st for their Electron Rocket. If the test goes to plan space could become far more accessible with cheaper flights and shorter wait times.

Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. Photo: Rocket Lab

On May 21st, a ten-day test launch window will open for aerospace pioneers Rocket Lab, who aim to capitalize on the small satellite revolution by developing a smaller rocket at a far lower price. And, it costs SpaceX $62 million (unless they reuse a rocket) to leave Earth’s orbit, Rocket Lab hopes to accomplish something similar at a mere $4.9 million per flight. They also plan to make flights more regular — the current wait time is around 2 years.

The company is able to cut so much of the cost because they are using a much smaller rocket — 16.7 meters (55 feet) long — to correspond with the decreasing size of satellites. It is only meant to lift loads between about 150-227 kg (330-500 lbs), which is minuscule compared to its predecessors, which were as tall as 61 meters (200 ft) and designed to transport thousands of pounds of space gear.

If the test goes ahead — it is contingent on favorable conditions — it will mark the first time that any vehicle has reached orbit from a private flight facility. Peter Beck, CEO of Rocket Lab, said in a statement “Our number one priority is to gather enough data and experience to prepare for a commercial phase. Only then can we can start delivering on our mission to make space more accessible.” This could mark the end of the monopoly of space held by the world’s richest of companies: as Rocket Lab’s website emphatically states “Space is now open for business.”
Source futurism.com

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Rocket companies dont send shit to space. They are there for a slush fund for the aeronautics industry.

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All bollox expensive fireworks nothing can get through the firmament or as nasa calls it the van allen belts lookup operation fishbowl

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It’s a North Korean company lol

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Small payloads!

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Most likely, chemical rocket engines are too heavy for anything but low Earth orbit or a return trip to the moon at best, anything farther out we will need propulsion that we don’t have yet for human travel

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Or just abduct me free of charge.

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Shoot down a UFO!!!!

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So we can finally see one!!!

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good

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