Count ’em: 101 new commercial smallsat-dedicated launch vehicles in development

by Peter B. de Selding

LOGAN, Utah — An annual survey of dedicated small-satellite launch vehicles has found 101 of them in some form of design or development, with at least 34 having demonstrated more than just a PowerPoint slide.

The survey, performed since 2015 by Carlos Niederstrasser of Northrop Grumman, makes no pretense of exactitude and does not kick any tires to determine project credibility.

Niederstasser told the Small Sat Conference here Aug. 8 that he made no phone calls or other attempts to separate what’s real from what’s . . .

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