Covid or no, small launch vehicle startups still proliferating. Now at 155. But growth is at least slowing

by Peter B. de Selding

CUNCY-LES-VARZY, France — Neither rain, nor snow, nor dead of night — not even a global pandemic — can stop the increase in the number of small launch vehicles under development.

A regular survey performed since 2015 by Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Carlos Niederstrasser found 155 vehicles in some form of development, up from 101 three years ago.

“We continue to see a lot o growth, even in the pandemic,” Niederstrasser said at the Small Satellite Conference, held in virtual-only format Aug. 7-12 for . . .

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