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Personal Space Satellites

New Zealand's 'Rocket Lab' Lets Travelers Book a Seat to Space

— August 11, 2015 — Autos
For those who have the means and the brains to create their own satellites, 'Rocket Lab' is enabling them to be sent into orbit. A system is currently being built that acts as a reservation site to book a seat into space for a small personal satellite.

These satellites are called CubeSats,' and are described as tiny, lightweight satellites that are communication or exploration-based. They will be flown up in Electron rockets and dropped off at an orbiting route and height that is chosen by travelers upon booking.

Realistically, the target market using Rocket Lab's service will include companies or universities that can afford to pay $20,000 to $50,000 rates. Though not a single practice launch has taken place yet, there are already over 50 projects waiting to be launched according to NASA.
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