Is it possible for Blue to sign up for rideshare missions?And if so, how many mini-satellites could a New Glenn put on a rideshare mission?
Excellent comment whitelancer64.The Falcon 9 world record is 143 satellites...I believe New Glenn can put between 300-400 mini-satellites...
I suspect New Glenn will bring a ton of small payloads along on every launch. An extra 30-100 kg of cubesats will hardly make a difference on most New Glenn flights I suspect. And I don't think any team that has the money to build and operate a (single) cubesat is going to care much about the difference between a $20 launch on Starship and a $80 launch on New Glenn. $60 is marginal at that point; any random team member could just forgo buying a video game that month and cover the cost difference out of pocket. Constellation are obviously a different matter.
One failing cubesat may not destroy LV but it could seriously damage primary payload, result is same failed mission. SpaceX only deals directly with 50kg smallsats owners on rideshares. For <50kg need to go through launch services provider. They fit cubesat to their dispenser on F9 and work through flight qualification paperwork with cubesat owner. SpaceX places a huge amount of trust in launch services provider todo their job properly. Cut corners and it could cost SpaceX and their other customers the mission.