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The Space Exploration Achievements Thread

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On 8/12/2018 at 3:52 PM, Sturgeon said:

 

Here (sadly) is the best photo I got:

 

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You know, that's pretty smart of them launching this probe at night. It'll have a better chance of not burning up since it's dark out. Probably can sneak up on the sun better too.

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SpaceX does the usual thing; https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/15/18095633/spacex-launch-landing-falcon-9-watch-live-stream-used-rocket-how-to

Also, a few days ago, the first commercial Electron successfully launched; https://www.space.com/42415-rocket-lab-first-commercial-launch-in-photos.html (3rd one overall)

 

Electron can't compete with SpaceX on price per pound;

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Rocket Lab's Electron looks sleek with its black paint job for It's Business Time. Rocket Lab's Electron rockets are designed to launch small satellites into orbit at an unprecedented pace. The rocket can carry payloads of up to 330 pounds (150 kilgrams) into orbit for $5 million per flight.

 

I believe their goal is to have the total cost of the rocket be lower, and target people who don't want to launch small satellites as secondary payloads on an F9 or similar.

 

edit: loosered by ramlaen

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