Micro Satellite Launcher Vector is a startup that’s founded by a team of alumni from the SpaceX, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, and few more aerospace experts. It has now completed its first suborbital launch and airborne of the full-scale test version of its Vector-R launch rocket. The launch was the first to be held in Georgia’s Spaceport Camden; which was NASA static test fire site for solid state rockets back in the 1960s. And it was recently rechanneled as Vector’s launch facility by the startup.
How Was the First Flight Of Micro Satellite Launcher Vector?
The Micro Satellite Launcher Vector startup aims to be a commercial launch provider just like the SpaceX. That shares the key team members, Jim Cantrell and John Garvey, to found this new startup with their relevant expertise. Seemingly, the test flight that cut the mustard today signals that the aim of the company is quite realistic. As it also had onboard commercial test freight that included the test packages from the Center for Applied Space Technology, NASA’s Ames Research Center and Astro Digital.
What’s Its Goal?
At this moment, the Micro Satellite Launcher Vector says that it has come to close to its objective of attaining orbital launch capabilities and they will do it probably the next year. Moreover, the company got phenomenal encouragement from today’s successful launch; as it also had the demonstration of a 3D-manufactured engine injector which was developed in partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. This also helped the startup to be close to its cost effective launch goals.
A Low Cost Space Rocket Launcher:
Furthermore, the company’s real vision is to provide both dedicated and cost effective space launches for average or small satellites. Also, it aims to send out software defined satellites so that the developers could build apps for space by using API; rather than going through the long process of designing, building and launching their own mini spacecraft to the orbits.
The Vision Will Take Time To Turn Into Reality:
The company’s mission is to keep the cost of the launch as little as $3 million; that seems a fractional value of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch which is $60 million. However, the difference in payload capacity was also very huge. Moreover, the company hopes to hike up the space access widely with this small budget package. To that end, it recently $21 million funds in the name of Series A round; which was led by Sequoia to turn its touch the practical grounds.