The arched launch of American rockets only sets the bar on the red hot market for companies launching small satellites.
The Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches six small satellites – or smallsats – on a low Earth orbit from New Zealand on Sunday. This is the second time the company's rocket, which is less than 60 feet in length.
Rocket Lab's competitors have not yet pulled out an orbital series, which means it's ahead of the ever-expanding package of rocket launch companies that want to start using small bags for businesses and researchers.
Other great companies dedicated to small gaming include Richard Branson Virgin Orbit and SpaceX veteran Jim Cantrell & # 39; s Vector.
"[My team] created a beautiful machine, "said Peter Beck, CEO of Rocket Lab, on CNN Business on Sunday.
Why small size?
Just like mobile phones have fallen, similar technological improvements have made satellites smaller and more powerful.
But missiles have not diminished, and small bombers are forced to detain missiles with much higher payloads in power rockets such as SpaceX Falcon 9 or Russian Soyuz missiles.
Smallsat companies are often forced to spend their free space on the rocket.
Rocket Lab and other youngsters are aiming to change it by swiming the smallest, less powerful rockets. Companies want mass production of rockets and more frequent trips to space.
The Missile Missile Laboratory mission included load capacity clients, such as Spire Global, which collects ship and aircraft data worldwide, and Fleet Space Technologies, which aims to connect remote devices to the Internet.
Rocket Lab leader Beck told CNN Business that the Australian fleet Technologies has been delayed for more than a year, waiting to get its cargo load in orbit. Flight reached Rocket Lab one month ago, and the company's satellite was able to board Electron until Sunday.
"That's really what it's all about. That's why we're about to make space available," Beck said.
The cost of a special launch vehicle, such as Rocket Lab Electron, may be more expensive for small operators than attracting a trip to larger rockets.
But Beck said that many in the industry are willing to pay for the convenience of an Electron rocket. When the company goes to full speed, he says that the electronics will start satellites in space within two weeks.
Rocket Lab's third flight is scheduled for next month, while the fourth is scheduled for January 2019. The company is hoping to complete 16 launches next year.
Rocket Lab competition should not be too far behind.
Virginia Orbit, a Branson Virgin Group company, wants to launch a small portal by the beginning of next year. Its system distributes the rocket from the air below the wing of the Boeing 747.
The vector, the former SpaceX artist Cantrell ideology, plans to launch an orbital flight in the coming months.
Waiting for dozens of other starts. Experts suspect that there will eventually be a turmoil in the market and there is no guarantee that Rocket Lab will survive.
"Going first does not necessarily mean that you will win," said Steve Isakowtiz, Executive Director of the non-commercial research group The Aerospace Corporation, in a recent interview with CNN Business. "Can they get to the market? Can they keep it in the production process? And do they have a customer base?"
Rocket Lab leader Beck said he thinks that the next 12 to 18 months the market will become a "ruthless consolidation" that will leave only a few companies. And he is convinced that Rocket Labs will be one of them, he said.
A company that, as Beck says, is almost profitable, has increased its venture capital by 148 million euros and is producing factories that can make one rocket a week.
"Anyone who owns a rocket company and says it's smooth sailing here lives in another world," said Beck. "But we have been successful, and there will be more. It's all about scaling now and continue to drive."