Vector Space Systems launches Vector-R rocket

Vector Space Systems has successfully tested the launch one of the micro rocket protetypes. The space startup headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, has just conducted a Vector-R micro rocket flight test. The private company founded by Jim Cantrell in 2016 will also be preparing for further tests in an attempt to hit the commercial market of micro satellite transport by 2018.

Tinuku Vector Space Systems launches Vector-R rocket

Vector Space Systems launched 40-foot rocket this morning from Camden Spaceport in Georgia. This historical event is the second flight of a full-scale prototype of the company's rockets called Vector-R. Vehicles are not in orbit, but Vectors are getting closer to the goal of launching small satellites into space by 2018.

Vector-R is one of two rockets that the company expects to launch regularly in the coming years. The rocket is designed to launch a 145 kilogram load into low orbit. Another rocket named Vector-H is slightly larger to carry more than 350 pounds.

"We're not new people who develop rockets, we'll build the same thing over and over again like McDonald's business," Cantrell said.

The company hopes to fly hundreds of rockets every year to send light loads into space as quickly as possible. The commercial satellite market is projected to grow further in the future. Vector has prepared everything and formed a great team.

Cantrell was a member of the original SpaceX founding team and recruited engineers from Boeing, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware. Vector has raised $ 21 million with a total valuation of $ 30 million. The latest launch is funded by customers and brings properties from NASA's Ames Research Center, the Center for Applied Space Technology, and Astro Digital.

Camden Spaceport near the coast of Georgia was once used by NASA in 1960 to perform ground-based rocket motor testing. In May, the state government of Georgia passed legislation to help drive the growth of the site.

"Actually there is no infrastructure in Camden. We prove we can go anywhere to launch this rocket," Cantrell said.

Companies prefer to operate a small, shoe-sized yet sophisticated satellite than the size of a bus. Lightweight satellites are cheaper in launch into orbit. Vector said the developed rocket would form its own market with a target to orbit 400 and 500 times every year.