The US space company SpaceX offers operators of small satellites a way to launch their satellites on time and for a comparatively low price: a take-off flight into space.
Small satellites usually fly as a secondary payload with a large satellite. The start date depends on this. If something slows down for the big satellite, the secondary payload must also wait. That should be according to SpaceX change: the company has one Smallsat Rideshare Program announced that with "regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 ride-sharing missions" specifically tailored to the needs of small satellite operators.
The program will look similar to Earth's rides: SpaceX will announce when a mission will take place and operators will book seats. If you book at least a year in advance, transporting a satellite weighing up to 150 kilograms will cost $ 2.25 million, with each additional kilogram costing $ 15,000. Satellites weighing up to 300 kilograms fly for $ 4.5 million.
For shorter-term bookings – 6 to 12 months before the flight – it will be more expensive: Then the transport costs $ 3 million or $ 6 million and the additional kilogram $ 20,000. Condition is that the satellites to a EELV secondary payload adapter (ESPA) fit.
SpaceX has the Smallsat Rideshare Program at the Small Satellite Conference Presented this week at Utah State University in Logan.