MonitorsPublished on Jul 02, 2016
Space Alert | Volume IV, Issue 3

< style="color: #163449;">India’s commercial space launch conundrum | By Michael J. Listner

Ahead on dispute of sorts has arisen between the commercial space industry in the United States and India with regard to the small-sat launch business. The underlying issue is the surge of private investment in the United States for small-sat ventures, including existing small-sat systems and proposed smallest constellations.

Currently there are a few dedicated US launchers for this class of satellites, but the number of dedicated small-sat launchers stands to increase between private investment in companies like Virgin Galactic, Rocket Labs and Firefly Space System and the government-sponsored Venture Class Launch Services, which is a NASA program to develop a dedicated small-sat launch system for government payloads.

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