New Space and Tech

Launching Smallsats From Old Jets

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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Turning Retired Military Jets into Next-Gen Nano-Satellite Launchers, Popular Science

“The idea is to make space launches affordable to commercial and academic ventures that can’t afford the high costs associated with piggybacking on a NASA mission or launching a single-use rocket. With small satellites constructed by universities or other institutions expected to increase dramatically over the next decade, the need exists for a service that can get them into space for less than $10,000 (the average cost associated with building and launching a CubeSat has ranged from $50,000 to $150,000 in the past).”

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