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Reduce cost of launching satellites Swiss
Reduce the cost of launching satellites Swiss
Airbus A300 with the shuttle to the launch of Sputnik
To date, at a cost of one satellite in the order of $ 50 million. The company Swiss Space Systems (S3), claims to be able to bring the satellite into orbit for less money – $ 10.6 million. S3 is going to use commercial aircraft and shuttle-drone.
For this purpose, has been selected Airbus A300, which can fly in zero gravity. Spacecraft weighing up to 250 kg will be delivered shuttle mounted on the back of an airliner. Undocking plane with the shuttle will be at an altitude of 10 kilometers. After that, the shuttle will continue to climb out of its engines. At an altitude of 80 km, it will pass the baton to a satellite, which flies to the right place on their own. The shuttle, in turn, will return to the launch site for future use.
According to S3, this system consumes less fuel than a rocket. Moreover, if necessary, launch may be canceled at any time, and for the Airbus A300 taking off in most any runway. This means that the company’s customers will not have to move their satellites over long distances for the subsequent run.
The first of these spaceports company plans to open in the Swiss town of Payerne in 2015, and the first test launch held by the end of 2017. Additional space centers will be built in Malaysia and Morocco. Negotiations are underway with various countries around the world.
Such a system is developing satellite launch company Virgin Galactic.
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