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Falcon Heavy Impact on NewSpace

6 Apr 2011, 18:32 UTC
Falcon Heavy Impact on NewSpace
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With the announcement from SpaceX yesterday about the Falcon Heavy, I went back over the recent missions I had been analyzing here at Space Business Blog to determine if any of them would benefit directly from the Falcon Heavy’s superior performance and reduced per pound launch cost.The Answer: No. Well, mostly no.Let me explain. Most of the innovative missions I had been considering were near term missions that could be performed on a single launch without the added capability of the Falcon Heavy.CubeSat “Observers” of LEO/GEO assets – too small, mission may benefit from cheaper secondary payload pricesA NEO prospector mission – too small, mission may benefit from cheaper secondary payload pricesNanosat Launchers – if anything, as launchers get larger, the need for a very small/responsive alternative grows, not decreasesLEO/GEO/L1 tug – a Falcon Heavy launch capability may actually harpoon this whole idea of a transfer tug (at least in the near term). Probably worth a new post on how the Falcon Heavy illuminates/reduces the value for such a capabilityRefueling of Iridium’s constellation - too small, mission may benefit from cheaper secondary payload pricesBut here are a few humble thoughts on why a Falcon Heavy changes the game:Further NewSpace validation: ...

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