Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Op-ed | Ending ban on retired ICBMs would allow U.S. companies to reclaim small satellite launch market |

Over the last decade, American launch vehicles have repeatedly lost competitions for launches of small (500-2,000 kilogram) commercial and international satellites because foreign vehicles such as Russia’s Dnepr and Rokot, Europe’s Vega, and India’s PSLV are offered at prices well below the cost of any U.S. vehicle in this class. The reasons behind this pricing disparity are clear: Dnepr and Rokot are re-purposed decommissioned ICBMs, while Vega and PSLV are heavily subsidized by their respective governments. As a result, commercial and international payloads are regularly launched overseas, severely impacting the domestic small launch vehicle industrial base and the launch sites that support these types of launches in Florida, Virginia, California and Alaska. This distortion of the small launch market, which has cost U.S. companies up to $1 billion in lost sales during the last decade, is shown in the chart below:

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