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    "Arianespace Vega mission to perform Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof of Concept flight"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/A...light_999.html

    With this mission, designated Flight VV16, Arianespace underscores its comprehensive range of innovative and competitive services to address the nano- and micro-satellite market sub-segment, serving both institutional and commercial needs. The creation of such a new service using the company's light-lift Vega led to the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) project.

    The European Space Agency (ESA) funded the SSMS hardware development, and also contributed with the European Union to the funding of this "Proof of Concept" (PoC) flight.

    The combined European efforts will enhance Arianespace's response to the rideshare demand with solutions that are perfectly suited to the flourishing small satellite market.
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    Rocket Lab's latest flight ends in failure before reaching orbit.

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    A failure during the second stage burn of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket caused seven small commercial satellites to crash back to Earth Saturday following liftoff from New Zealand.

    Carrying satellites from the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, the Electron launcher lifted off from Rocket Lab’s privately-run spaceport on New Zealand’s North Island at 5:19:36 p.m. EDT (2119:36 GMT).
    Scott Manley also has a video about it
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    Increased competition between private companies could add many new small rocket launches, I heard about new developments from Firefly Aerospace and their rocket lab launch these rockets will clearly find their niche among other counterparts from private companies such as SpaceX.

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    Firefly's back in the game,

    Today we performed a test of the Alpha flight first stage. The four Reaver engines performed 35 seconds of thrust vector control maneuvers, challenging the flame deflectors to constrain all that Reaver power! Today’s test was a major step in Firefly’s march to first flight.
    https://youtu.be/Blv27FHyY4k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valencia Benz View Post
    Increased competition between private companies could add many new small rocket launches, I heard about new developments from Firefly Aerospace and their rocket lab launch these rockets will clearly find their niche among other counterparts from private companies such as SpaceX.
    I recently linked this in another thread, it's relevant here:
    https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_chr/lau2020.htm

    Even excluding Starlink and OneWeb, almost all of the small satellites were launched on rideshares.

    Small launchers are good if you need some oddball orbit, but you generally don't. If you want to go to a given orbit, there's probably other people who want a similar destination. In most cases, all you want is some solar-synchronous or high-inclination orbit. Smallsat launchers are fighting over the scraps of the market that are left by the rideshares on larger rockets, and there probably isn't enough business for more than a couple companies, and Rocket Lab probably has as good an advantage in that part of the market as SpaceX does in the rest. Rocket Lab's already reconsidered their early position on reuse and are working on booster recovery, Firefly's going to have a tough time competing with them.

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    "ISRO plans to launch new rocket before Dec 2020"

    https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/indi....1601982314549

    The Indian space agency is working towards launching its new rocket 'Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)' before December 2020, said a senior official.

    He also said necessary tests to check its biggest motor -- booster motor fired by solid fuel -- will be done in November.

    "The SSLV launch will be from the first launch pad at Sriharikota rocket port after the flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLV C49). Post PSLV C49's flight, the launch pad set up has to be reconfigured to suit SSLV," S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS.
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