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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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On 12/6/2018 at 3:01 PM, Ramlaen said:

 

 

Personally, my only concern with calling this thing a planet is if it has cleared its orbit of comparably sized objects (Sedna and Eris come to mind). 

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearing_the_neighbourhood

 

If it has, then: CHOO CHOO! All aboard the hype train! :) 

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2 hours ago, Lord_James said:

 

Personally, my only concern with calling this thing a planet is if it has cleared its orbit of comparably sized objects (Sedna and Eris come to mind). 

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearing_the_neighbourhood

 

If it has, then: CHOO CHOO! All aboard the hype train! :) 

 

Sedna and Eris are not even remotely similar in size to what Planet Nine is estimated to be, Eris is no where near its predicted orbit and Sedna is believed to have been pushed into its orbit by Planet Nine.

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Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev spacewalk. One of the tasks that they performed outside the ISS was the study of the mysterious hole that formed in the aggregate compartment of the Soyuz spacecraft.

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