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Цитировать Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust
Jim Cantrell, Vector Space, who was involved in the founding of SpaceX: what we're developing is the Falcon 0. #smallsat
  8:13 - 8 авг. 2016 г.  
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Mass To Orbit
45 kg to 28 degree orbit
35 kg to 98 degree orbit
Oxidizer: Liquid Oxygen
Fuel: Advanced Propylene
1st Stage: 3x 5000lb
2nd stage: 1x 800 lb
Pressure fed / no pumps          
Launch Sites
Kodiak AK: 90-100 degree orbits
Cap Canaveral FL: 28-58 degree orbits
Launch Rates
IOC: 12 per year
FOC: 100/year
Carbon Fiber
7X Reduction In Parts Count
Reusable First Stage

Payload Accommodation
1U, 3U, 12U without dispensers
Micro/Small satellites
12m tall x 1.1m diameter
685 kg Dry Mass / 5100 kg GLOW
Demonstrated reusable 1st stage
Parachute / UAV Recovery
Post flight refurbishment

Two Stage Vehicle
2nd Stage
Prototype suborbital flight
Vector lift mass from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA).          
Vector lift mass from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) with the  optional electric third stage which launches to a 200-250 km circular orbit and raises the inserted satellite mass to desired orbit altitude with minimal mass required.
Fairing volume.  Dimensions are in inches.
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ЦитироватьTiny rocket company aims for 100 launches a year—and it just might succeed
Vector Space Systems completes a successful test flight and has its first customer.

Eric Berger - 8/2/2016, 6:05 PM

Alone in the Mojave desert, the tiny rocket stood barely as tall as a basketball goal backboard. Launch control was a laptop inside a nearby bunker, and the small gathering of aerospace engineers and investors seemed almost like a rocket hobby club as it watched the vehicle soar to about 5,000 feet before parachuting back to Earth. But this scene may have represented something much more than that. With its small-scale test Saturday, the company Vector Space Systems took another step toward upending the rapidly expanding small satellite launch market.
Not since the Germans and their V-2 rockets during World War II has anyone launched more than a few dozen of the same rockets per year. Now, within about five years Vector intends to launch as many as 100 of its 13-meter-tall Wolverine vehicles annually, with a capability to put a 50kg satellite into low-Earth orbit. The company aims to fill a niche below the current generation of launchers being developed by companies such as RocketLab and Virgin Galactic, with rockets capable of delivering 200 to 250kg satellites to low-Earth orbit.
So far, it seems like a good bet. On Tuesday morning, Vector announced that it has acquired its first customer, Finnish-based Iceye, to conduct 21 launches of the company's commercial synthetic aperture radar satellite constellation. "Getting your satellite into orbit is one of the biggest challenges for new-space companies, but there just isn't the launch capacity right now," Iceye Chief Executive Rafal Modrzewski said in a news release.

 Small satellites, big market
The two companies are already working together. According to Jim Cantrell, chief executive of Vector Space Systems, Saturday's test flight in Mojave, California, carried a prototype of an Iceye microsatellite core computing and communications systems to see if it would survive launch conditions (it did). Vector's sub-scale launcher, named the P-20, also tested some prototype upper stage engines.
The test will help Vector finalize design of its Wolverine rocket, which is based upon technology fr om Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. The two-stage rocket will be powered by liquid fuels, and it's made of all composites. Gross liftoff weight is 5 tons. Vector intends to offer small satellite companies the capability to launch within three months of demand into any desired orbit from Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska or Cape Canaveral in Florida. Launch costs will range from $2 million to $3 million (£1.5 to £2.2 million).
Vector is betting on demand to grow for constellations of satellites that are 50kg or smaller, which may include a configuration of several cubesats. Right now these customers have to share rides on larger launch vehicles, and in an interview with Ars, Cantrell said the primary payload determines when and wh ere the satellites get released in space. "It's almost like they are children sitting at the table, to be spoken to and not heard, and to wait until the parents are gone before they can be dropped off," Cantrell said.
Vector expects companies to be enticed by the opportunity to determine when they launch and what orbit they're delivered to in space. The company can also offer a consistent launch interface on the same rocket every time. With that approach, Vector may be proven right. In addition to Iceye, Cantrell is in discussions with four other satellite constellation companies. "I'll be honest, it's going better than I ever thought," he said. "It's been surprising. The customer response to this vehicle has been tremendous. It's conceivable we could have a full manifest in short order."

 More than a paper rocket
In reality, Vector is aiming to become the first mass-produced rocket company. SpaceX, on a good year, now launches a dozen times per year. It is seeking to double that total in 2017 or 2018 with its much larger Falcon 9 rocket. But with this much smaller, 13-meter-long rocket that can fit inside a semi-trailer, Vector believes it can increase the sale of launch much further. Instead of clearing millions of dollars per launch from a few launches a year, the company intends to make money by flying a lot. "The economics are different with the micromarket," Cantrell said. "We're looking at creating a fundamentally different business proposition than anyone else is looking at."
Vector remains on track for its first orbital launch in 2018, Cantrell said, and the company aims to increase the launch cadence to about 100 vehicles per year by 2020 or 2021. Perhaps the biggest issue is range constraints—making sure the company has clearance from launch site officials. While Vector may do some launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, it will primarily operate from Alaska, which has a much less crowded range. That works out well, Cantrell said, because many of the polar orbits desired by customers are easier to reach from northern latitude launch sites.
For now, those remain big dreams. A contract from Iceye may validate Vector's business plan and technical ideas for the Wolverine rocket, but Vector must still grow its small test rocket into the full-size model, and it must fly from 5,000 feet all the way into space. "The first thing we have to do is show the world we're not a paper rocket," Cantrell acknowledged.

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Цитировать Brian Berger ‏@Berger_SN 6 ч.6 часов назад
Garvey: Vector can stay alive on 12 launches a year. Schneider: Rocket Lab "will survive on well less than 12 a year." #WSBR
  Brian Berger ‏@Berger_SN 6 ч.6 часов назад
Garvey: Vector still debating whether minimum launch rate is 12x or 24x a year. #WSBR
  Brian Berger ‏@Berger_SN 6 ч.6 часов назад
Vector & Virgin Galactic counting on customers to pay more per kilogram for schedule certainty and a better ride. #WSBR
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ЦитироватьVector Space Systems Announces $60M Agreement with York Space Systems
 Partnership extends micro satellite launch capabilities and reduces cost to manufacture spacecraft, eliminating barriers for entrepreneurs
News provided by
Vector Space Systems
Oct 17, 2016, 10:00 ET
TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today finalized an agreement with York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in small and medium class spacecraft, to conduct six satellite launches from 2019 through 2022 with the option for 14 additional launches. The first launch through the agreement will also be the inaugural launch of the Vector-H vehicle, which is capable of launching 100 kg into orbit, and will provide an integrated spacecraft to customers through a standardized platform.
York Space Systems will use the launches with Vector Space Systems to place their standardized S-Class satellite platform into orbit for commercial and government customers. York Space Systems' satellites will also employ the unique Electric Upper Stage which uses Vector Space Systems' propriety electric propulsion technology as the final insertion stage of the Vector-H to place the satellites into orbital altitudes up to 1000 km with zero loss of launch throw mass capability.          
"Since our launch earlier this year, Vector has made it a priority to engage with partners who share our mission of making space more accessible to a new generation of innovators, and York Space Systems is a shining example of this type of partner," said Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector Space Systems. "By leveraging Vector's low cost launch vehicle family, York Space Systems will now be able to offer more frequent low cost space access opportunities for new missions and data gathering missions, furthering our mission to eliminate the barriers for startups and entrepreneurs."
York Space Systems currently focuses on small and medium spacecraft supporting a wide range of missions, including visible Earth Observation (EO), Infrared EO, Multispectral EO, Synthetic Aperture Radar EO, asset tracking, weather, communications, signals intelligence, and robotic servicing. The S-Class platform leverages a proprietary design to reduce the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude, and will see first flight qualification Q3 2017. The platform design can utilize existing ride-share opportunities, and is simultaneously being designed for compatibility with dedicated small launch vehicles, such as the Vector-H. With an inventoried approach, York offers next day delivery supporting the rapid mission program timelines enabled by Vector.
"In this day and age, complementary capabilities and expertise for fielding space-based products and solutions for customers is hard to find," said Dirk Wallinger, CEO of York Space Systems. "Vector is rapidly pioneering low cost rapid launch capabilities, and together we can bring the reality of space exploration to a broader array of commercial and government customers through the engineered compatibility of the S-class satellite platform and the Vector-H. We want to provide the next great ideas, with a turn-key space solution. Our work with Vector will help us do just that." He continued, "Ultimately dedicated responsive launch is a game-changer, it allows us to completely rethink our architectural approaches to space, and opens the skies to the Space data frontier. We are excited to be a part of that, and happy to be partnered with Vector towards that goal."

About Vector Space Systems
Founded by the original SpaceX founding team, Vector Space Systems is a disruptive company that connects space startups and innovators with affordable and reliable launch enabling platforms and vehicles at a price never before possible for accessing space. For more information, visit .

About York Space Systems
York Space Systems is an innovative American aerospace company specializing in small and medium class spacecraft based in Denver, CO. The company is entering the production phase of their S-Class platform, which leverages a proprietary design to reduce the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude. The S-Class platform is a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft capable of supporting 85kg payloads with up to 100W of Orbit Average Power (OAP), 1,400W peak (Standard), and 3,000W peak (Enhanced). With one week delivery times on inventory, known interfaces, and unmatched cost points, the S-Class is intended to meet evolving market needs with a Model-T approach.
For more information, visit
York's Forward-Looking Statement
 This press release contains statements that are or may be forward-looking statements, including statements that relate to the company's future prospects, developments and strategies. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from current expectations, including, but not limited to, those risk and uncertainties described in the risk factors included in the company's regulatory filings. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of the company and the environment in which it will operate in the future. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date of this press release. Except as required by law, regulatory requirement, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, neither the company nor any other party intends to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Vector Space Systems
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Цитировать Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust  42 мин.42 минуты назад  
Company yet to launch any satellites signs agreement with company yet to have any satellites launched.
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ЦитироватьVector-H (Heavy)

The Vector-H launches 110 kg to Low Earth orbit with a small, simple two-stage rocket. We launch into polar and Sun Synchronous orbits from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska (PSCA) and low inclination orbits from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. Our optional Electric Upper Stage (EUS) will place up to 100 kg into 800 km orbits.
The Vector-H operates from a mobile launch platform from either the PSCA or the CCAFS. The Vector launch vehicle requires a minimum setup time, minimum range resources, and can operate from remote locations other than our standard ranges.  The Vector-H is designed for flight rates of 25 flights per year at full operational capability.                      
Vector-H Expanded View    

Vehicle Capability

Vector-H Two Stage Orbital Capability
Vector-H Three Stage Vehicle With Electric Upper Stage
Vector-H Standard Fairing Size 

Vector-H User's Guide
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Цитировать James Dean‏Подлинная учетная запись @flatoday_jdean 2 минуты назад
Vector Space Systems on Saturday to erect Vector-R at Space Florida's LC46, announce "intention to use the launch facilities in the future."
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ЦитироватьVECTOR‏ @vectorspacesys  1 hour ago

Vector CEO @jamesncantrell and co-founder & CTO John Garvey at LC-46 @SpaceFlorida stay tuned for news conference.


Цитировать SpaceFlight Insider‏ @SpaceflightIns 46 мин назад

.@SpaceFlorida & @VectorSpaceSys unveiled new Vector-R rocket @ Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-46 today. Credit: Mahadeo; Howard/SFI


Цитировать Megs‏ @megsylhydrazine 19 мин назад

In anticipation of @VectorSpaceSys upcoming 1st launch of #VectorR, here's 1st stage engine test w/ co-developed #NASA 3D printed injector

ЦитироватьSpace Florida Vector R-ing in on new launch provider from Cape Canaveral

Jason Rhian | March 25th, 2017

Vector Space Systems Vector-R rocket raised at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 in Florida on Saturday, March 25. Photo Credit: Vikash Mahadeo / SpaceFlight Insider
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Florida and Vector Space Systems, a company with roots deep in the NewSpace movement unveiled their Vector-R rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46) on Saturday, March 25.

In attendance for today's event was Space Florida's President Frank DiBello, the CEO and Co-Founder of Vector Space Systems, Jim Cantrell as well as Therrin Protze, the chief operating officer (COO) of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As it turned out Protze had news of his own to announce.

Space Florida's President, Frank DiBello speaks during Saturday's event. Photo Credit: Vikash Mahadeo / SpaceFlight Insider
Vector-R will go on display at the Visitor Complex starting on Monday, March 27 as part of the "NASA Now" exhibit. For today, however, the rocket was erected at the Cape's SLC-46.

Vector will share SLC-46 with Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK who plans to conduct launches of their Minotaur solid rocket booster from the site as well.
The Vector family of rockets, currently consists of the Vector R (Rapid) and Vector H (Heavy) launchers. The Vector-R is described as being able to launch approximately 110 lbs (50 kilograms) to orbit. The Vector-H meanwhile, is designed to be able to send 220 lbs (100 kilograms) to orbit. Vector-H has been developed so as to be a block upgrade to the Vector-R.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Therrin Protze, details how the Vector-R rocket will be a part of the NASA Now display starting on Monday, March 27. Photo Credit: Vikash Mahadeo / SpaceFlight Insider

 As the weights these rockets are capable of sending to orbit suggest, Vector is designed to loft micro spacecraft and Vector Space Systems is currently marketing toward smaller, commercial companies. 

As is the case with most launch vehicle families, these two boosters share common systems and facilities. Some of these include, but are not limited to, pressure fed ablative engines, carbon fiber fuselage, liquid oxygen and propylene fuels and mobile launch capability.

Some of the individuals who formed Vector Space Systems were a part of SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch team. Vector-R stands in at about 45 feet (14 meters) in height and has an optional all-electric third stage that weighs about 11 lbs (5 kilograms). The Vector-R relies heavily on carbon fiber throughout the rocket (which also is one reason for the rocket's black color).

Each of the Vector-R's three rocket engines is comprised of some 15 parts and includes 3D printed parts. Photo Credit: Mike Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

 If everything goes as the Vector team plans, there could be as many as 100 flights annually from the various sites they plan to launch from. Rate of launch is something that was highlighted during the event, with the aspiration of as many as three Vector-R flights a day being mentioned. Given that it takes about an hour and a half to to prepare one of the launch vehicles for flight – this is a distinct possibility. 

According to Cantrell, the Vector-R only has some 45 engines parts per finished rocket with 15 parts per engine. The fuel injectors of these engines use 3D printed metal.

Arizona-based Vector Space Systems charges clients about $1.5 million and is considering parachute based recovery for the rocket's first stage. Their plans don't appear to stop there as they have also stated that they are considering developing satellites for customers. These could be launched aboard either the Vector R or H launch vehicles.

From left-to-right, Space Florida's Frank DiBello, Vector Space System's Jim Cantrell and Therrin Protze, the COO of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Photo Credit: Vikash Mahadeo / SpaceFlight Insider


А кто может сказать, почему горючее - пропилен? Он имеет какие-то преимущества перед керосином, спиртом и т.п.?
И мы пошли за так, на четвертак, за ради бога
В обход и напролом и просто пылью по лучу...

Комодский Варан

ЦитироватьAlex_II пишет:
А кто может сказать, почему горючее - пропилен? Он имеет какие-то преимущества перед керосином, спиртом и т.п.?
+7 сек УИ по сравнению с керосином, возможен самонаддув.

Сергей Капустин

Alex_II, двойная связь вроде более энергоёмка....

 и может температура кипения -47? самовытеснение можно делать... какое там давление в КС?

Сергей Капустин

Комодский Варан,а у окиси этилена с ЖК какой у.и не подскажите? вроде вытесняется она по лучше


ЦитироватьКомодский Варан пишет:
+7 сек УИ по сравнению с керосином, возможен самонаддув.
А, ну тогда вполне себе оправданно... А я-то гадал, что за изыски...
И мы пошли за так, на четвертак, за ради бога
В обход и напролом и просто пылью по лучу...