Pit stops in space race
SpaceX may have cornered this market ten years ago.
The first rocket, Falcon 1, was designed to raise approximately 1,500 liras. But after only two successful launches, SpaceX focused on a larger Falcon 9 for NASA to carry cargo and ultimately offer astronauts to the International Space Station.
Jim Cantrell, the first employee of SpaceX, did not understand this decision and left the company. In 2015, he launched Vector Launch, Inc., with headquarters in Tucson. The aim is to make rockets Model T – small, cheap, mass-produced.
Vector claims that it can carry its rockets from almost all places to orbit, which can basically set up the mobile launch platform, a heavily modified trailer. This trailer came from the world of Mr. Cantrell's hobby, car racing and the employees of many companies.
The company is still aiming to achieve its goal of bringing the first of its Vector-R rockets into its orbit this year, but Mr. Cantrell admitted that the program was shifting back to the beginning of 2019. Flight termination system – Disables the rocket if something goes wrong – from late to late.
Şey There's very little, Cant Cantrell said. “He drives you crazy.“
A prototype was planned for suborbital launch from Mojave, California in September, but a malfunction was encountered and the test was canceled. The crew put the rocket in a racing car and took it to the Vector test site at Pinal Airpark, a small airport half an hour outside of Tucson, a 350-acre scream surrounded by the desert.