Author Topic: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program  (Read 138416 times)

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #380 on: 11/11/2023 09:26 am »
COO of Umbra.

Quote
I can't understate what a critical part of the NewSpace industry Transporter missions are. What began with cubesat rideshare on other launchers has evolved into a low cost, quarterly-ish ride for about a million bucks for 100kg. There are entire businesses that are enabled by this that could not have existed 5 years ago.

This critical part of the space industry is enabled by SpaceX's focused efforts on reuse that make these types of launches economically viable. It's intriguing to consider how consequential a single company's contribution is to kick-starting a whole economic ecosystem.

https://twitter.com/MasterActual/status/1722992436027560323?s=20
RL have probably benefitted, with F9 rideshare giving their customers critical proof of concept before buying a dedicated launch on Electron due to orbital requirements.

Yep, I bet Rocketlab are over the moon about SpaceX offering Transporter flights.
2024 fully booked, so doubt they losing any sleep.

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47313
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 80124
  • Likes Given: 36283
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #381 on: 11/12/2023 09:20 am »
COO of Umbra.

Quote
I can't understate what a critical part of the NewSpace industry Transporter missions are. What began with cubesat rideshare on other launchers has evolved into a low cost, quarterly-ish ride for about a million bucks for 100kg. There are entire businesses that are enabled by this that could not have existed 5 years ago.

This critical part of the space industry is enabled by SpaceX's focused efforts on reuse that make these types of launches economically viable. It's intriguing to consider how consequential a single company's contribution is to kick-starting a whole economic ecosystem.

I’m sure there’s another person who’s talked about providing space infrastructure to kick-start other businesses, just as they benefitted from the US postal system in their own business …

Really great to hear this is beginning to pan out from someone who is one of those new businesses.
« Last Edit: 11/12/2023 09:21 am by FutureSpaceTourist »

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47313
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 80124
  • Likes Given: 36283
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #382 on: 11/12/2023 09:23 am »
https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1723643083399532702

Quote
SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program statistics as of Nov 11, 2023

Amazing list of flags, even more than the Artemis accords!

Offline RedLineTrain

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2411
  • Liked: 2372
  • Likes Given: 10137
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #383 on: 11/12/2023 05:20 pm »
It looks like Transporter is sold out for the next two years.  Bandwagon has availability on its second flight.

It would seem to make sense for SpaceX to add more Transporter flights.

Online DanClemmensen

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5318
  • Earth (currently)
  • Liked: 4156
  • Likes Given: 1672
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #384 on: 11/12/2023 06:29 pm »
Quote
SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program statistics as of Nov 11, 2023
SpaceX launched 789 smallsats in less than four years (Jan 2020 thru Nov 2023). Do we know how many were launched by non-SpaceX LVs in this period?

Offline AmigaClone

Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #385 on: 11/13/2023 07:14 am »
Quote
SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program statistics as of Nov 11, 2023
SpaceX launched 789 smallsats in less than four years (Jan 2020 thru Nov 2023). Do we know how many were launched by non-SpaceX LVs in this period?

A common definition of Smallsat includes all satellites under 500kg. That would include Starlink satellites up to v1.5 and OneWeb first generation - neither of which are included in the 789 number mentioned above.

Online DanClemmensen

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5318
  • Earth (currently)
  • Liked: 4156
  • Likes Given: 1672
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #386 on: 11/13/2023 01:35 pm »
Quote
SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program statistics as of Nov 11, 2023
SpaceX launched 789 smallsats in less than four years (Jan 2020 thru Nov 2023). Do we know how many were launched by non-SpaceX LVs in this period?

A common definition of Smallsat includes all satellites under 500kg. That would include Starlink satellites up to v1.5 and OneWeb first generation - neither of which are included in the 789 number mentioned above.
OK, redefine: SpaceX launched 789 smallsats other than Starlink and OneWeb in less than four years (Jan 2020 thru Nov 2023). Do we know how many were launched by non-SpaceX LVs in this period?

When attempting to gauge the size of the market for small-lift LVs, almost all Starlink and OneWeb launches are off the table anyway, because they launch in big batches. The idea of launching just one as a replacement for a failed satellite has not worked out, for multiple reasons.

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47313
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 80124
  • Likes Given: 36283
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #387 on: 12/02/2023 08:17 am »
Latest stats:

https://twitter.com/_rykllan/status/1730826949847613711

Quote
SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program statistics as of Dec 1, 2023

Offline OceanCat

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 125
  • Liked: 241
  • Likes Given: 195
Re: SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program
« Reply #388 on: 01/12/2024 12:03 am »
In case there were any doubts Starlink rideshares are no longer available.

Quote
In its initial application, Lynk indicated that some of its satellites would be launched to a mid-inclination of approximately 53 degrees. [...] However, launch providers are no longer providing ride shares to that inclination. Consequently, Lynk provides the orbital parameters for satellites that may be launched via SpaceX Bandwagon to an inclination of 45.4°.

From the recent Lynk filing (Exhibit 1, footnote 8 ).

Tags:
 

Advertisement NovaTech
Advertisement Northrop Grumman
Advertisement
Advertisement Margaritaville Beach Resort South Padre Island
Advertisement Brady Kenniston
Advertisement NextSpaceflight
Advertisement Nathan Barker Photography
1