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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 ... 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.

Bob Clark

A mission to Europa could result in the most important scientific advance in human history, dwarfing even the Apollo missions, to discover life on another world. By commercial space, launch and spacecraft costs can be slashed by a factor of 10 or more. This would be a cost that could be privately financed. And at costs this low it can even be done at a profit:

Low cost Europa lander missions. ... sions.html

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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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