SpaceX launched its ninth “Transporter” mission on Saturday from California, carrying dozens of small- and medium-sized satellites into low-Earth orbit.
The upside of those launches for patrons is that they will depend on common, low-cost entry to house aboard the dependable Falcon 9 rocket. The draw back is that the satellites are all launched right into a primary orbit, and in the event that they need to attain a special altitude or inclination, they need to carry their very own propulsion alongside for the experience.
This has led to the appearance of “final mile” companies from varied corporations providing small add-on spacecraft able to offering in-space propulsion. Probably the most intriguing of those is Impulse Area, an organization based two years in the past by rocket scientist Tom Mueller, who was a founding worker at SpaceX earlier than leaving in 2020.
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