Where You Want It, When You Want It, How You Want It
Vector is the first launch vehicle built exclusively for the Micro Satellite market. This vehicle is “right-sized” for the new generation of Micro Satellites and enables reliable and frequent access to orbit. Initial Operations Capability will be 12 launches per year in 2019 with 100 launches at Full Operational Capability.
With Vector, Your Satellite Rides Naked
What’s the big deal ? Large satellites ride naked on large rockets but small satellites are required to ride inside of restrictive containers. There’s freedom in riding naked – like larger solar arrays, deployed antennas and other elements that might not fit into a dispenser. And then there’s the weight of the required secondary spacecraft containers which adds little value to the mission. That’s a lot of trouble to go through for a bus ride to an orbit destination that may or may not be your first choice. It’s almost as if the big satellites don’t trust you. Vector will free you from the constraint of containerized launch and will remain compatible with the 1U, 2U, 3U and 12U satellite systems widely available. The big difference with Vector is we don’t require you to provide a deployment container and give that launch mass back to you. This gives you a new freedom to add bigger solar panels or other elements that were not possible before with traditional launch containers. Of course, if you like your container and want to keep it that way, we can accommodate that too. Its your choice.
An Affordable Rocket With Two Classes Of Service
It normally takes a lot of cash to buy a dedicated launch vehicle but Vector brings the price down to a level within the affordability range of most startups and budget conscious satellite operators. Controlling your own launch manifest is the only way to make sure that the launch goes to the orbit of your choosing and on a schedule that you specify and thus not creating extra opportunity cost while you wait for your next launch.
Vector, owing to its small size, advanced technology and low touch labor in the manufacturing processes offers the lowest price in the launch industry for dedicated launch. We also offer two classes of service rather than a one size fits all pricing scheme. It may seem odd to offer satellite launch pricing like airlines offer passenger ticket fares.
The truth is that not all satellite operator needs are created equal. This is especially true in the fast moving world of micro satellites where development times are measured in months rather than years and time to launch can become a critical factor in time to market and to the overall success of your venture. The opportunity cost of waiting a year for launch is measured in millions rather than thousands of dollars. For these customers, we offer First Class Launch Service where you can order up a launch vehicle with as little as 3 months notice. There are others that have a more laid back attitude about destination and exact launch date and for them, the typical Economy Class Launch Service is adequate and the reduced price is attractive. Whichever the case may be, Vector will have reliable and frequent launch rates to support last minute launch requests and other premium services.