Re: Surplus launch vehicles

Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 06:41:15 MDT

I've dreamed of using decomissioned ICBMs for LEO work for 25 years. The
small throw weight capacity of so many of them was a no-starter for most of
this time. But it seems like the steady miniaturization of satellite
hardware might just cross the line of the capacity of many of these birds at
some point. And the market for having LOTS of transponders in LEO now seems
to have arrived or be about to (so long as you have a marketing plan BEFORE
you launch them . . .)

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