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    Default SpaceX to offer quarterly "small satellite express" launches

    With a base cost of $1m for a 200kg payload this is going to put big pressure on the small launcher outfits.

    https://www.spacex.com/smallsat

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-says-ri...-partly-empty/

    SpaceX says rideshare missions will launch on time, even if partly empty

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — SpaceX plans to launch regular Falcon 9 rideshare missions starting in March and won’t delay launches for tardy customers, a company executive said Oct. 8.

    Tom Ochinero, vice president of commercial sales at SpaceX, said that the launch provider learned the importance of setting firm departure dates for rideshare missions by seeing the challenges customer Spaceflight had coordinating the 64 satellites that ultimately flew on the SSO-A mission SpaceX launched in December.
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    Ochinero, speaking at the Satellite Innovation 2019 conference here, said SpaceX won't stop mission timelines to fill empty space or wait for late smallsat operators.
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    SpaceX's first self-managed rideshare mission, a Falcon 9 mission to sun-synchronous orbit, is scheduled for March. After that, SpaceX intends to launch dedicated rideshare missions to sun-synchronous or polar orbits every quarter.
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    That's more than 4 times cheaper than the 4.4 Million USD benchmark rate offered by the NA$$holes...
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    Yup. Having warehouses full of Flight Proven™ Block 5's lets them launch for range fees + fuel + an upper stage
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