SPACE X OFFERS DEDICATED RIDESHARE LAUNCHES FOR SMALL SAT
An offering of dedicated rideshare launches for small satellites have been tabled by Space X, this new development is aimed at providing a more affordable and consistent option for small satellite operators aiming to place lighter payloads into orbit. In the process allow sharing of space on a Falcon 9 with other satellites that need to be sent into space while taking advantage of rideshare launch design for customers.
The flexibility of the rideshare launches is based on its design of offering customers the ability of pre-booking a section, and assure readiness to launch, should rideshare come up, the rocket will practically go up. This option will be scheduled on a regular basis according to Space X, and in a situation when it may not be readily available – could be booked with or without payloads.
This new service from Space X is said to be structured as on Earth rideshare continuous event, while offering passengers readiness to ride, based on the company’s ambition to fill seats, with prior notice designed in three phases – 12 months or more with an offer of advance booking, another with the range of 12 months or half a year, while it is understood a scenario of fewer months booking could be possible, though it (Space X) is yet to publicize the pricing options, this meant it could be expensive.
Relating rideshare launches with its price based on kilogram, those on the first phase with plenty of time get the best and lowest price, with its launches said to start at $2.25 million for payloads within the range of 150kg, $4.5 million for payloads weighing up to 300kg, however, is understood the cost on each package isn’t helping. But if we could consider Space X current launch – is said to be within the range of 57 million dollars.
Meanwhile, there are challenges associated with this mission (rideshare launches), which is reliant on the timing and readiness of core payload clients. This is because payment of one or two core customers practically takes care of the launch bill, irrespective of smaller satellites to be launch along. If the main customer(s) would have to delay, then the smallsat would have to delay their launch.
Note, if your launch was delayed doesn’t mean you would lose your launch payment, but based on flexible model deployed by Space X – practically said, anyone delayed “can apply 100 percent of payment made towards the cost of rebooking on a subsequent mission”. But customers are responsible for the provision of the deployer.
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