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SpaceX breaks prices for small satellites

This week, SpaceX announced a SmallSat Rideshare program addressing the needs of small satellite operators and allowing them to access scheduled launches on a regular basis with the missions of its Falcon 9 rocket.

With planning more than a year before launch and for a sun-synchronous orbit, the price will be $ 2.25 million for payloads of up to 150 kg and $ 4.5 million for payloads of up to at 300 kg. There will be an extra cost of $ 15,000 per extra kg within a limit of 700 kg.

For planning between less than 12 months and 6 months before launch, the pain will increase to $ 3 million and $ 6 million, respectively, and with an additional cost of $ 20,000 per kilogram.

SpaceX has several provisions, such as the fact that for payloads needing to delay a launch, the money paid out can be used to pay the cost or the reservation on another mission.

Given the amounts mentioned, this does not necessarily seem to be the case but SpaceX breaks prices and meets the competition of specialists in the field of launching small satellites, such as Rocket Lab with a base price of 5.7 million dollars for a dedicated launch in orbit.

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