Startup Vector Space Systems tested the five-ton booster rocket
Last spring, two members of SpaceX, who stood at the origins of the company, founded startup Vector Space Systems, in which decided to undertake the development of small commercial rockets. A year after its foundation the company Vector Space Systems reported a successful test launch of a small five-ton rocket Vector-R, designed to display small satellites and weather balloons into orbit.
The cost of launching small satellites on a small five-ton rocket would cost customers much cheaper, and stand in the queue will not have too - training-subcompact rocket takes much less time than with a huge booster.
Rocket Vector-R will be able to put into orbit a satellite weighing up to 60 kilograms, but in Vector Space Systems plans to do more and rocket - Vector-H, designed for 125 kilograms. The cost of launching such missiles will range from a half to three and a few million dollars, everything will depend on the load.
Light rockets can be very useful in the future, therefore, the creation of their work and a number of other companies. The Japanese are not far behind, but the recent launch of their mini-rocket ended in failure - it lost contact with flight control center and was submerged in the sea.