Within the non-public house business, it could actually appear that there’s SpaceX after which there’s everybody else. Solely Blue Origin, backed by its personal billionaire founder within the individual of Jeff Bezos, appears in a position to command the identical diploma of consideration. And Blue Origin hasn’t even gone past suborbital house but.
Rocket Lab may quickly have one thing to say about that duopoly. The corporate, based in New Zealand and headquartered in Lengthy Seaside, California, is second solely to SpaceX in terms of launch frequency—the 2 are ostensibly the one American corporations that usually go to orbit. Its small flagship Electron rocket has flown 18 instances in slightly below 4 years and delivered nearly 100 satellites into house, with solely two failed launches.
On March 1, the corporate made its ambitions even clearer when it unveiled plans for a brand new rocket referred to as Neutron. At 40