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New smallsat launcher start-up.

Posted by: RGClark - Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:24 pm
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Post New smallsat launcher start-up.   Posted on: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:24 pm
SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly.
Aerospike revival, advances in composite structures are shaping design of
low-cost smallsat launch vehicle.
Aug 25, 2014 Frank Morring, Jr. | Aviation Week & Space Technology
http://aviationweek.com/space/spacex-al ... et-firefly

Excellent news! As described in the article it will use both lightweight
composite tanks and altitude compensating aerospike nozzles.
This small launcher is to be two stage. But scaling it up using both of
these high efficiency methods at the same time could result in a SSTO.

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and stages at the same time, and the result will automatically be SSTO.
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Post Re: New smallsat launcher start-up.   Posted on: Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:39 pm
Yeah, if smallsats are the payload, I would go after the reusable SSTO ring with it.

Good to see Firefly getting some press.


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