Poll

Which dedicated smallsat (nanosat or microsat) launcher will place a paying customer's payload in orbit first?

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne
9 (13%)
Rocket Lab's Electron
45 (65.2%)
Firefly's Firefly Alpha
12 (17.4%)
Generation Orbit's GO-Launcher 2
0 (0%)
Garvey Space's NLV
0 (0%)
Ventions' SALVO (or other launch vehicles)
0 (0%)
Up Aerospace's Spyder
0 (0%)
Horizon SAS's Black Arrow
0 (0%)
Other (InterOrbital, CubeCab, XCOR Lynx MkIII, etc)
3 (4.3%)

Total Members Voted: 69

Voting closed: 03/09/2016 05:23 AM


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Offline Svetoslav

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We can still bet about second and third place.

I say next will be Virgin Orbit, and third - Vector.

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We can still bet about second and third place.

I say next will be Virgin Orbit, and third - Vector.

Should I start another poll for second place?

Personally I'd say Virgin second, and Ventions third.

~Jon

Offline TrevorMonty

Japanese were 2nd but its not commercial LV more one off.

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

Japanese were 2nd but its not commercial LV more one off.

Well if you count them too then the Chinese would have won this poll with not one but two small sat launchers entering service (Long March 11 & Kuaizhou-1 series), with KZ-1 developed without national launcher program funding & both flew with commercial (or at least in the sense of from "private startups w/ government funding")  payloads.

However calling them "commercial launchers" might be a stretch and even if they are their development was so secret that not having them as options is totally understandable. ˉ\_(ツ)_/ˉ
Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

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