Synspective, in moving to Rocket Lab, shows that schedule & orbit can outweigh price in operator’s decision

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Japanese commercial radar Earth observation satellite startup Synspective moved its first launch from an Arianespace Vega to a dedicated flight on Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle, despite Electron’s higher price, to keep to its deployment schedule and decide its own orbit, industry officials said.

Synspective will keep a Vega flight in its playbook for later use. The company plans to launch five fully operational satellites in 2022, after the late-2020 flight of the 150-kilogram prototype with Rocket Lab. Vega's schedule has been . . .

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