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Jun 02 2015

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Stratolaunch still looking for viable suborbital rocket

According to Gunter (be careful — I get virus alerts often when I click there),

Stratolaunch is again looking for a suitable rocket design, as the OrbitalATK designed Thunderbolt is economically not feasable

This is a general problem I see with the Stratolaunch approach — building rockets big enough to carry big payloads means that Stratolaunch runs up against competition from other, more established launchers. Building rockets focused on small sats means a smaller, more technologically achievable rocket, but I’m not sure there is a strong business case yet for dedicated small sat launchers.

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